Royal Commands in Caulfield upset

Trainer Mat Ellerton was sceptical about the prospects of Royal Commands winning on a heavy track at Caulfield but the mare emerged a stakes winner.

The four-year-old daughter of Commands was sent out at $51 in the Listed $100,000 Classic (1600m) with no wet track form to recommend.

With blinkers on for the first time, Royal Commands, ridden by Dwayne Dunn, powered home from last on settling to score by a long neck from Our Tigress ($26) with last year’s winner and favourite Lady Lynette ($3.60) 1-1/4 lengths third.

“I probably have to thank (owner) Barrie Griffiths because I wasn’t too keen on running today,” said Ellerton, who trains in partnership with his cousin Simon Zahra.

Owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths have raced several Group One stars including Melbourne Cup winner Tawrrific and Caulfield Cup heroine Mannerism.

Ellerton said blinkers “did the trick” with her improved performance on Wednesday.

“We’ve been waiting to try them. On face value she was quite disappointing at Sandown (when favourite last start),” he said.

“She was in at Wangaratta last week and we scratched off a slow to heavy track there. Oh well, we got the chocolates today.”

Dunn said Royal Commands travelled well over the 1600m trip and got through the heavy going really well.

“She certainly attacked the line,” he said.

“Matty was disappointed with the way she ran last start and the form men said she’s more of a run-on sprinter so blinkers on, out to the mile is always a question mark.

“She bombed the start, but that probably gave me a good run in transit.”