News About Simon Zahra

Heatherly On Track For Carlyon Stakes Defence

Heatherly On Track For Carlyon Stakes Defence

Co-trainer Simon Zahra is confident that Heatherly will prove extremely tough to beat when she makes her competitive return in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on August 26th. Winner of the Carlyon Stakes at her first point of call ahead of a glittering Spring Carnival campaign in 2016, Heatherly has been the stable…

Odeon Primed for 2017 SA Derby

Odeon Primed for 2017 SA Derby

Co-trainer Simon Zahra is confident that Odeon will relish a step up to 2500m when he takes his place in Saturday’s featured 2017 Group 1 SA Derby at Morphettville Racecourse. Odeon has returned to the races in outstanding condition this time in and will carry winning form into his 2017 South Australian Derby appearance after…

Heatherly to Carry Benefit into McEwen Stakes

Heatherly to Carry Benefit into McEwen Stakes

Co-trainer Simon Zahra is confident that talented mare Heatherly will prove very tough to beat when she lines up for the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Heatherly has been a standout through a reasonably light but impressive racing career so far; posting five wins and a further four minors through…

Wet Track Concern for Heatherly in Carlyon Stakes

Wet Track Concern for Heatherly in Carlyon Stakes

Heavy rainfall predicted for Melbourne late this week has co-trainer Simon Zahra concerned about the Moonee Valley track conditions as the stable’s mare Heatherly prepares for a first-up run in the Carlyon Stakes on Saturday. Currently the course is rated a Soft (5), but Zahra is worried there will be a downgrade into the Heavy range…

Sword Of Light Matures for Quezette Stakes 2016

Sword Of Light Matures for Quezette Stakes 2016

Co-trainer Simon Zahra said the stable was dealing with a more mature Sword Of Light ahead of her 2016 Quezette Stakes bid in Melbourne this weekend. The three-year-old daughter of New Approach is second-up on Saturday and steps back up in class for the $150,000 Group 3 Winslow Group Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse….

Solicit Strong Ahead of Coolmore Classic

Solicit Strong Ahead of Coolmore Classic

Trainer Gerald Ryan has been thrilled with the form and results posted by Solicit this time and remains hopeful the mare can produce another classy effort and break-through for a maiden win at the highest level in Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens. Solicit has been a strong and consistent performer through…

Pressure on Durendal in Australia Stakes 2016

Pressure on Durendal in Australia Stakes 2016

Co-trainer Simon Zahra said it was time to put the pressure on emerging stable star Durendal who faces his toughest test to date in Saturday’s 2016 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse. The flying four-year-old son of Medaglia D’Oro makes his Group 2 debut at the notoriously tight track this weekend in the $200,000 Group…

2015 Sires’ Produce Stakes Field Features Queen Of Wands

2015 Sires’ Produce Stakes Field Features Queen Of Wands

12 two-year-olds will contest the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this Saturday in search of the $200,000 total prize money on offer. Clarry Conners’ Queen Of Wands is the only last-start winner in the field and will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one with Damian Lane to ride. The two-year-old filly…

Small 2015 Australia Stakes Field Lures Hard Stride

Small 2015 Australia Stakes Field Lures Hard Stride

A smaller than expected number of nominations saw trainer Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra make an eleventh hour call to enter Hard Stride in Saturday’s Australia Stakes 2015 in a decision they hope pays off this Saturday. The feature race at Moonee Valley on the weekend, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Jeep Australia Stakes (1200m)…

Mourinho Late Entry for 2015 Australia Stakes

Mourinho Late Entry for 2015 Australia Stakes

Two more sprinters will tackle the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday after nominations were extended on Monday. Just ten horses were nominated for the race on Monday but on Tuesday morning Peter Gelagotis’ Mourinho and Simon Zahra’s Hard Stride found themselves added to the race. Mourinho was added to…