Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have continued their remarkable start to the 2020-21 racing term with an early winning treble at Moonee Valley in the first four races.
They were successful with How Womantic, Flash Flood and Junipal and have now trained 13 Victorian city winners this season with a strike rate of close to 24 per cent.
Eustace said three-year-old colt Flash Flood, who won the Drummond Golf Handicap (1500m), was a really nice horse who was still learning his craft.
While still a bit green, Eustace felt adding winkers to Flash Flood had really helped and he could be suited up to 2000 metres.
Four-year-old mare How Womantic took her record to five wins from six starts when she led throughout for a narrow victory.
Eustace was full of praise for apprentice Lachlan Niendorf’s all-the-way win on her to take out the opening race for fillies and mares over 1200 metres.
“I thought he gave her a beautiful ride,” Eustace said.
“He rated her very well and credit to him. He’s a young kid going places, obviously.”
Eustace said although How Womantic’s pedigree suggested she should want further, he thought 1200 metres was her pet distance and they would stick to that trip.