Ebby Infrared Wins Thrilling Collerson Final

EBBY Infrared has staved off a fast finishing Kurios Motion to take out a thrilling edition of ‘The Collerson’ at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Adam Dobbin

23 January 2021

EBBY Infrared has staved off a fast finishing Kurios Motion to take out a thrilling edition of ‘The Collerson’ at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

The son of Aussie Infrared landed the $15,000-to-the-winner feature with a gusty box eight performance, recording 29.96 to defeat Kurios Motion by half-a-length and claim a 30th career victory.

This week last year Ebby Infrared contested the Group 1 National Derby Final (520m), finishing fifth to Oh Mickey.

Since that maiden group 1 outing the prolific winning sprinter has become a regular fixture on the group racing scene for owner-trainer Michael Eberand, including three assignments at group 1 level.

Boasting a sensational strike-rate, Ebby Infrared continues to fly the flag admirably for sire Aussie Infrared whose stocks continue to rise with an ever growing list of quality chasers hitting the tracks.

All-the-rage in betting for Saturday night’s The Collerson, a consolation to the Paws Of Thunder, was four-time group 1 winner Simon Told Helen from box three.

The son of Barcia Bale finished third in his Paws Of Thunder qualifier last weekend and it was much the same on Saturday night, filling the minor placing after yet another tardy getaway at box rise.

It’s understood connections of Simon Told Helen will decide in the next 48 hours as to what the future holds for their star sprinter.

A trip north for the heats of the Group 1 Gold Bullion at Albion Park next Thursday is a possibility, as is a farewell tour through the Group 1 Temlee and Australian Cup at The Meadows next month.

But whatever the decision, retirement is fast approaching for the superstar chaser.

The staging of The Collerson on Saturday night again acknowledged the outstanding service revered journalist Jeff Collerson has afforded the industry over a career spanning five decades.