Inferno is a long way from home, but Brian Anderton is
trying to make things as familiar as possible for the mare
before she tackles the $200,000 group 2 Wellington Cup
The mare is one of three horses from the Taieri Plain engaged
for the 2400m journey. The other two - The Solitaire and The
Glitzy One - also bear the Anderton name in the trainer's
column, that of Brian's nephew, Steve.
Brian Anderton, who prepares the Yamanin Vital mare with son
Shane, has been in contact with his brother Hec, who is
looking after all three mares at Howie Mathews' property in
''She was a couple of days getting back on her tucker but
she's done well since,'' Anderton said of Inferno.
''[Hec] rang me up [on Tuesday] and said she looked
immaculate. He's very happy with her.''
Inferno in winning form at Waikouaiti earlier this month.
Photo by Matt Smith.
Inferno will have one regular friend with her on the
track at Trentham tomorrow. Shankar Muniandy's record with the
mare has earned him the ride in the stayers' event, replacing
Michael Coleman from last week's third in the Trentham Stakes
''It will be Shankar's first ride at Wellington but he's the
only jockey that's won on her, and I feel I've got to be loyal.
If you don't get the opportunities, you can't make it.''
Inferno showed Anderton everything he wanted to see in her
Trentham Stakes run and should make the most of her draw of
eight in the 18-horse field.
''What I liked about it was when she started [her run] a
furlong and a-half out, she kept it up for the last bit. I
felt she was probably doing her best work [at the finish].''
Anderton will have his ''toes and fingers crossed'' as he
watches the race unfold, knowing that luck still plays a big
part in prestigious races with big fields.
''As long you get an uninterrupted run over the last 600m -
you don't want [horses] coming back on to you and carting you
through the field.''
Steve Anderton is more than happy with the outcome of
Wednesday's barrier draw with The Glitzy One jumping out of
gate two, and The Solitaire drawing 15. The Solitaire will
likely start from gate 12 assuming the ballots are scratched
''If either one of them had to get the outside draw, I'd
prefer her anyway,'' Anderton said.
''The other mare should get a good run as she should get back
a wee bit, get a bit of cover and go to sleep, hopefully.''
The reports from Hec Anderton were very comforting as the
week had gone on.
''He's very happy with The Glitzy One and the other mare has
come through good,'' Steve Anderton said.
''[The Solitaire] just did a bit of pace-work this morning,
but she didn't need to do much this week.
''As long as they can get off the pace with a bit of cover,
they get their opportunity.''
TAB racing fixed odds bookmaker Stephen Hunt said the Otago
trio, who opened at prices ranging from $18 to $21, had been
nibbled at by punters. but the biggest mover in the fixed
odds market was Mungo Jerry, who was moved in from $18 to $14
on the back of several bets. Last week's Trentham Stakes
winner, O'Fille, was the best-backed horse for the Wellington
Cup, but remained at her opening quote of $7 yesterday.
Three to watch:
The 2011 Wellington Cup winner is a big fan of Trentham,
winning three times and placing five times on the Wellington
turf, including a nice second in last week's Trentham Stakes.
The 59kg might be too much for him to haul around though.
The 5yr-old Handsome Ransom gelding had had no right to win
the Marton Cup from his back-field position on a slow pace.
He is a very good stayer in the making, and in-form jockey
Johnathan Parkes can choose his spot in the running from
Best known for his 2009 New Zealand Cup, My Scotsgrey has
endured an injury-plagued career but is still soldiering on,
including a nice run for second behind Ransomed in the Marton
Cup. He's no sit-sprinter, so expect him to start a long,
steady run from about 800m out.