Superb ride benefits Sertorius

Sertorius benefited from a perfect Ryan Maloney ride to win the G2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

A member of Galileo’s final Australian crop, the six year-old gelding has been in career best form this spring.  He won the LR Bendigo Cup in September before going down a nose in the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington.

Sertorius (6g Galileo – Pretty Penn by Encosta de Lago) was one of the few winners to come from off the pace when he storming home along the fence to score a two length victory for trainers Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington.

“You will not get a better ride than that,” Edwards said.  “He really deserves to be put away now and we will raise our sights with him a fair bit in the autumn.”

Sertorius was a $100,000 buy from Glentree Downs at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling and his prizemoney now tops $800,000.  He’s an older half-brother to stakes performers Fortune of War and I Am Titanium

Their stakes-placed dam Pretty Penny has a 2yo filly named Clifton Red with David Hayes.  She also has a yearling colt by High Chaparral.