With a team of only eight racing greyhounds in work, it is quite an achievement for a trainer to prepare three winners on any given programme, amazingly however, Mangalore mentor Allan Anderson has been able to do just that on two occasions in recent weeks.
On August 14 at the HGRC meeting in Hobart, he prepared the winners Cut Em Down (Cosmic Chief – Kyra Shiraz), Lashing Polly (Knocka Norris – Jamella Sarah) and Blue Tam (Go Wild Teddy – Juicy Lucy) and then on Thursday night at the same venue, he was once again seen in the winners circle with Cut Em Down and Lashing Polly, his third winner on this occasion being the former interstate chaser Pedro’s Vineyard (Where’s Pedro – Miss Merlot).
“I’m certainly having a great run of success at the moment. Preparing them as I always have done but just enjoying a run of luck,” the modest trainer explained this week.
Cut Em Down, which has now won three of 24 lifetime outings, is owned by Bracknell enthusiast Andrew Spencer, who was introduced to the sport by veteran trainer Maurie Strickland of Rewind fame.
“Maurie didn’t have room for Cut Em Down at his kennels so Andrew offered him to me to train and I am glad that he did,” Anderson explained. “He displays a bit of ability and can probably win again while in his current form.”
Lashing Polly, a late bloomer at three years of age, is raced by the trainer in partnership with kennel client Neil Sargison, who also enjoyed great success recently with last year’s National Distance Championship contender Lashing Jill (Lilli Pilli Lad – Illusion).
“She has taken time to find her racing legs, but is now firing and should develop into a very handy chaser,” Anderson explained.
Unfortunately for the pair, Lashing Jill broke down after contesting the Distance Championship, but has since produced a litter of eight pups by leading stud dog Kinloch Brae.
Pedro’s Vineyard, which is raced by a syndicate headed by interstate owner Brian Ford, was sent to Anderson’s kennels with a long range plan to contest distance races, but is also proving to be very capable over shorter trips.
The winner of four of 54 lifetime outings has been racing consistently in her new environment and is probably also one to follow in coming months.
Allan Anderson is naturally hoping that his current run of success will continue, but is the first to admit that the more races he wins the harder it becomes next time.
Meanwhile Copping trainer Peter Phillips prepared the smart chaser Dirty Rich (Cosmic Chief – Flippin Cool) to take out the Noel Vince Memorial (461 metres) at Thursday night’s meeting.
Named in honour of former owner – trainer Vince, the race is a regular feature on the HGRC calendar and has been won by some outstanding chasers in recent years.
Dirty Rich, the winner of 13 races while accumulating a purse of in excess of $43,000, recorded a time of 26.14 in winning the event, while paying a win dividend of $5.40.
The Anthony Bullock prepared Hellyeah Bolt filled second placing, with Graeme Moate’s kennel occupant Shanlyn Vapour taking third spot.