Divine Diosa, ridden by Damian Lane, wins at Caulfield (Image: Racing Photos)
Recent Caulfield winner Divine Diosa is expected to have one more start this campaign as Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra attempt to positively end their finest season together.
Ellerton and Zahra have won 38 races across Melbourne during 2020/21, their highest tally since becoming training partners in August 2009.
The Flemington-based stable sits third in the Melbourne trainers' premiership, three wins adrift of former training partners Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes on 41 victories.
Ellerton and Zahra have three acceptors at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday, two of them emergencies, so Saturday's home-track fixture looms as their next significant opportunity for further success.
ELLERTON & ZAHRA MELBOURNE SEASON RECORDS
2020/21: 38 wins at 13 per cent, third.
2019/20: 19 wins at 7.4 per cent, 11th.
2018/19: 25 wins at 10.1 per cent, ninth.
2017/18: 24 wins at 8.6 per cent, fourth.
2016/17: 22 wins at 9.4 per cent, eighth.
2015/16: 28 wins at 9.8 per cent, seventh.
2014/15: 27 wins at 10.8 per cent, sixth.
2013/14: 17 wins at 8.6 per cent, 14th.
2012/13: 18 wins 8.3 per cent, 12th.
2011/12: 18 wins at 8.2 per cent, 10th.
2010/11: 29 wins at 11.2 per cent, sixth.
2009/10: 18 wins at 13.2 per cent, 13th.
Divine Diosa, who has raced 12 times this season for six top-three finishes, is arguably their strongest hope as one of 39 three-year-olds nominated for the $135,000 K.A. Morrison Handicap (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.
The daughter of Teofilo became Ellerton and Zahra's fourth winner for the season when she won her three-year-old fillies maiden over 1400m at Sandown Lakeside on August 19.
Divine Diosa won her second race this season over 1440m at Caulfield on June 26 before finishing runner-up, beaten a short head, by Foxy Frida in the $150,000 MSS Security Rivette Series Final (1400m) for three-year-old fillies at Flemington on July 3.
"She's been up in work for a long time and had a trip to Adelaide as well (seventh in Group 3 Auraria Stakes over 1800m in April), so we haven't done much with her and just kept her ticking over," Ellerton said.
"We are just hoping to get one more run out of her this season, chasing that great Super VOBIS money."