Premier Melbourne trainer Darren Weir has brought up an early winning double at Moonee Valley in contrasting fashions.
After Gratwick controlled the opening race from the front, four-year-old Zabeel mare Zasorceress has come from last to lead in a stable quinella in the second event, the Schweppes Lemonade Handicap (1600m).
Zasorceress settled at the tail of the field from the outside barrier in the field of eight and Damian Lane steered the four-year-old between runners in the straight.
The mare picked up well and went on to defeat stablemate My Obsession by a length.
“One of my horses went around them and one went through them and got all the luck,” Weir said.
“It was a very strong win and she ran through the line really well.”
Weir says a Listed 2000m race in Adelaide has been Zasorceress’s aim this campaign and he believes she will improve as she gets out in distance.
Zasorceress was Group Three-placed as a three-year-old in the Adrian Knox Stakes when trained by Jason Warren.