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Accomplished reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green celebrated his 800TH winner in the sulky in spectacular fashion at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Zephyra flew home from a seemingly impossible position in fourth place at the 100m mark to get up and win the $20,250 Spurs Champion League Pace for two-year-old fillies.
Zephyra, an $8 chance at her first appearance for twelve weeks, began from the outside barrier (No. 8) on the front line, settled in ninth position and was sixth in the one-wide line at the bell.
She improved to be fourth on the home turn and was still fourth at the 100m mark before charging home to win by 2m from Spiritofanangel ($4), with a head to the $2.05 favourite Between Two Thorns in third place.
“I thought that Between Two Thorns had got far enough away and I didn’t really give her a chance of winning,” said the 29-year-old Egerton-Green. “But to Zephyra’s credit, she kept fighting, and the wet track probably helped her.”
Zephyra’s win completed a double for Egerton-Green, who was successful with To Fast To Serious earlier in the night. He maintained his rich vein of form with a double at Northam on Saturday night when he won with General Jolt ($6.50) and Seeryanfly ($1.36). Those four winners have taken Egerton-Green’s tally for the season to 71 wins to be in third place behind Shannon Suvaljko (80) and Gary Hall Jnr (77) on the WA drivers’ premiership table.
Between Two Thorns, also resuming after a spell, began from barrier seven and enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-out, one-back position (followed by Zephyra), before Aiden de Campo set her alight and she burst to the front 520m from home.
Between Two Thorns was hailed as the winner when she led by three lengths on the home turn and was still leading by two lengths at the 100m. But she wilted in the final stages.
Zephyra was bred by Northam trainer Jesse Moore and his wife Maree, and they race her in partnership with their daughter Hayley. She is by American stallion Sweet Lou and is the first foal out of Moore’s former champion mare Tricky Styx, who amassed $460,548 in prizemoney from 22 wins and 16 placings from 79 starts.