May 13, 2016
Hard fit and down in class, Gilago looked nicely placed at Pakenham on Thursday evening and she was able to record an impressive victory, storming home from the rear of the field.
Last turning, the flashy chestnut ducked in behind another horse with 300m to go but quickly balanced up and was too strong, doing a good job recording the fifth success of her 19 start career.
"She was a bit unlucky last start," Beth Schroen reported, "so we are glad that she was able to find the line tonight, it was a fantastic ride by Ben (Allen)."
"He was at the stables this morning taking selfies with her, he should be able to get an even better one now!"
Allen admitted that he was a little concerned about the way Gilago was travelling early in the straight - "she got a bit lost but once she got out into the clear she was too strong. Once she started to build up into the race I was confident."
Raced by a big group inclusive of several syndicates, Gilago was bred by Rangeview Park and purchased at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier for $26,000.
A daughter of Churchill Downs, she is a full sister to last start winner Louisville Lass out of the unraced Encosta de Lago mare Encosta di Nero, a half-sister to the stakes placed Tigresque.
A descendant of the famed matriarch Lady Josephine, Encosta di Nero was served last spring by Group One sprinter Turffontein having produced a filly by him in early September.