The Otago runners may have disappointed in the Wellington Cup
on Saturday, but there was a reason to be happy in defeat for
Anderton prepared Inferno with his son, Shane, for Saturday's
group 2 2400m, but she was wide on the Trentham track for
most of the journey and did not run on as Anderton would have
liked, finishing 14th. The Steve Anderton-trained pair, The
Solitaire and The Glitzy One, finished 15th and 16th.
Brian Anderton said Inferno would be checked by a
veterinarian after she returned from the North Island on
Wednesday and had a week's spell.
''She went too bad to be true,'' he said.
''Nothing went right for her.''
While Inferno failed to run up to expectations, Anderton and
brother Hec, along with their wives, Lorraine and Pat, were
able to share in the glory of Blood Brotha's win.
The two-time New Zealand Cup winner added the group 2
Wellington Cup to his race record, with his half-head win in
the $200,000 feature.
''The one consolation was that we bred the winner,'' Brian
Blood Brotha, by Danzighill, was foaled in 2005, out of the
Personal Escort mare Laura Dee. The 2002 Wellington Cup
winner Envoy (by Personal Escort) was also raised at the
Andertons' White Robe Lodge property in North Taieri, bred by
Anderton's daughter Karen Stewart and her husband Wayne.
The Solitaire and The Glitzy One finished near the tail of
the field, and - aside from The Solitaire racing keenly and
wide at times - there was no clear reason for their
''I'm not really offering too many excuses,'' Steve Anderton
''I can't really pinpoint at the moment what was going on.
We've got to get them back home and start from scratch again
An autumn campaign in the South Island is likely for both
mares. Historian defies oddsConvention says Historian should
not be racing, Mike Dillon, of The New Zealand Herald
The Derby placegetter broke down so badly when sent to Hong
Kong he was never expected to face the race starter again.
But enter the water treadmill owned by Cambridge horseman
''It's been a battle, but we've got there,'' a delighted
Alton said after the Choisir gelding won the $200,000 group 1
Thorndon Mile at Trentham. At the line, Historian, carrying
53kg, was pressed to just hold out Lady Kipling, who lumped
her 59.5kg with exceptional heart.