Web's class Crystal clear

The half-brother to a Golden Slipper winner made a winning debut at Sandown

Crystal Web carried on a family tradition when he defied an alarming betting drift to win on debut at Sportingbet Park (Sandown) this afternoon.

The son of Hard Spun maintained Crystal Snip's perfect record as a broodmare when he upstaged a couple of well-backed commodities to score a convincing win in the $30,000 Dream Thoroughbreds Handicap (1000m).

Crystal Web was Crystal Snip's 10th foal to race and 10th winner, joining deceased Golden Slipper heroine Crystal Lily and Stakes victors Amaethon and Crystal Wit among the winners out of the daughter of Snippets.

Mathew Ellerton, who trained Crystal Lily and co-trains Crystal Web in partnership with Simon Zahra, said Crystal Snip was a remarkable producer and Crystal Web was not out of place as part of the family.

“They are few and far between,” Ellerton said of Crystal Snip. “She's a very good mare.

“He's a nice horse, he's not there yet, he's still pretty skinny and leggy and he's got it all in front of him.”

Crystal Web showed good race sense at his first trip away from his Flemington base to provide Ellerton Zahra Racing with their 13th individual two-year-old winner of the season in what could prove a strong form race.

A drifter from $4.60 to start at $10, Crystal Web flew out of his wide barrier and while he wasn't able to cross to the fence, sitting outside of $2.50 favourite Rock Strata proved no hindrance.

Despite the early work, Crystal Snip dug deep in the straight to score by three quarters of a length from the fast-finishing Union Gap ($21) with Rock Strata a long head back third. The other well-backed runner, Prince Stratum ($5 into $4.20), was 1-1/4 lengths away fourth.

Winning jockey Chris Symons was impressed by the performance given he had to use him early and predicted better races would be in store once he matures.

“He jumped brilliantly, but I had to just push the button a bit early just so I could get across a few that were inside me to get over closer to the fence,” Symons said.

“He travelled beautifully but he still doesn't know what he's doing. Obviously it's his first go at it and I think make a better three-year-old.”

Ellerton and Zahra weren't the only training partners to make it to the Sportingbet Park winner's stall with Brian Johnston and Fran Houlahan claiming the day's training honours with a winning double.

Johnston and Houlahan got punter's back on course when Blue Nile ($2.25 fav) scored a comfortable win in the Skylift Crane Services Handicap (1600m) and later celebrated victory with Shabangabang ($6) in the Event Landscaping Solutions Handicap (1000m).

Houlahan and Johnston's pair were both partnered by Victoria's leading apprentice Katelyn Mallyon, who made it two metro doubles in the past fortnight following a similar feat at Caulfield on 28 April.

Mallyon wasn't the only jockey to make multiple trips to the winner's enclosure at Sportingbet Parkwith Dwayne Dunn scoring aboard the Robert Smerdon-trained Kirribilli Gold and Pass The Post for Julie Scott.

- Racing Victoria

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