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20/12/2019 Ellerton-Zahra’s strong Flemington hand

The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra stable look to hold two genuine chances at Flemington tomorrow in the shape of Propelle (Smart Missile) and Parmie (Snitzel). Propelle is considered among the leading chances in the Festive Season Sprint (1200m) coming off a luckless third in a race at Pakenham on December 7 and Zahra is confident the mare is knocking on the door. "She should have won the other day," Zahra said. "This will be her third go up the straight. Her two previous runs have been average but she probably had genuine excuses both times. She was on the way down both times and got a bit lost. She has a different style of racing now where she can get a bit of cover and enjoy it. She looks awesome." Parmie runs in the Christmas Race Day Trophy (1400m) and Zahra believes she is a stakes-class filly in the making. "She's still got a bit of improvement in her because she's still a bit wintery but I thought on her last run she was right in it.”     

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