It is said in business that sometimes you have to speculate to accumulate. Anakie trainer Angela Langton may be the perfect case in point for said adage if Tarks Nemesis manages to land the Group One Sandown Cup on Thursday night, or even run a place for that matter.
Langton recently explained to ARG how she came about owning the daughter of Velocette and Skrat (Big Daddy Cool – Dash Of Burgundy), who will exit box four in the $175,000 to-the-winner final.
“I bought her after her first start for a very small fee. I mainly wanted her for breeding down the track, her mother is a sister to Que Sera Sera,” Langton said.
Langton took out the 2007 Sapphire Crown with Que Sera Sera who is now a proven producer herself and is particularly fond of the breed. She could not have envisaged how Tarks Nemesis could have turned out after that initial start which saw her finish a moderate fifth, beaten ten lengths, over 520 metres at Albion Park.
“She is starting to develop into a really nice bitch now, she has her confidence and is in a real purple patch of form.”
Tarks Nemesis also made the final of the Queensland Futurity at Albion Park in April, which was a fair achievement given her obvious preference for the longer trips.
“We took her up there simply because she had seen the track before, we had a couple of others going up so we thought why not give her a go?”
This week, Langton’s 27kg blue bitch faces a tough task in a race that features Darren McDonald’s brilliant bitch, Sweet It Is.
“We sat down and had a look at the times, we think she should be able to lead based on what they all ran last Thursday. The track was really heavy last week so she did a really good job to kick on and run the other dog down in her heat. I think she can lead but she will probably have to if she is to have any chance of winning, I don’t think she can come from behind and run down most of these dogs.”
Langton trains in tandem with her partner Jeff Britton who will also rug up two starters in the race in Supersonic Hawk and Mepunga Tiara.
“All three are fairly fast early, I’m just glad they have been separated by the box draw. Often if you have two or three good beginners and they get drawn next to each other they can tend to muck each other up a little bit. At least being in one, four and eight, they might stay out of each other’s way.”
The Britton and Langton team have been on the crest of a winning wave of late with the highlight being a quinella in last week’s Group One Sapphire Crown with Oakvale Destiny and Oakvale Flyer.
Should that rich vein of form continue for the Anakie kennel, then they could well be brandishing a $175,000 winners cheque come 9:45 on Thursday night. It could also see Angela Langton’s relatively small investment, which has already paid dividends, turn into a windfall of gargantuan proportions.