The Maher and Eustace trained Not A Single Doubt colt Anders blasted his way into black type company demolishing the field in the $140,000, listed Schweppes Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday under a smooth ride by Jason Collett.
From the top of the main straight there was little doubt that Anders was in command of the three-year-old’s in their first black type assignment of the new season and when Collett, riding hands and heels for virtually the trip, send Anders away from the 200m there was simply no doubt.
From the start Anders (54kg) and Collett were on the rails after leaving from barrier one with The Face (53kg) and James Innes Jnr outside from barrier five trying to soften them up, a tactic that did not work. Once Innes backed off entering the top straight it was game over and the rest were working for the minors.
Ole Kirk, top-weight with 59kg under Tommy Berry, was the best of the rest of the seven horse field coming through along the rails for second and the Written Tycoon colt will appreciate additional distance over the rest of the spring.
The Face (Rubick) and Innes were third with the margins 4 3/4L and 1 3/4L. Sixgun missed the start by 5L and came through for fifth, 8 3/4L from the winner, but a showing that will have a better result if the Snitzel colt can fire with the rest.
The time was 1.05.47 on Heavy 9 track with the final 600m in 35.66. Anders paid $2.40 on fixed odds and the tote as favourite.
Anders and Jason Collett have left the field behind, picture Stevehart.com.au“He is a proper colt that is for sure, they are going to have a lot of fun with him. He just seemed to put it all together, it looked like they were running along at a good speed and he is fast,” said Annabel Neasham for the stable.
“He has always worked like he is one of the best. But he has just really developed and we always knew he had an awful lot of ability. He was just doing a few things wrong.
“An awful lot of the credit must go to Josie Lynch who rides him every day at home, she has got him to switch off, she has done a beautiful job with him and I think the work she has done at home with him has translated on the track,” she said.
Neasham will soon take up training in her own right at Warwick Farm after being the Sydney foreman for the Maher and Eustace stable.
“We always had a really big opinion of him. He was not really doing it as an early two-year-old. He was not quite strong enough and rounded off," said David Eustace from Melbourne
“He still had an awful lot of early speed, and genuine speed, but he was not able to finish off. So he had a break and came back a more stronger and mature horse. He could go all the way.
“Where he goes from today? More likely down here (Melbourne). Whether he runs in the Moir and then ends up in the Coolmore, they are the races we’re thinking.
“He is fast out of the gates, he’s got a really high cruising speed and he can quicken off that. There is no need to stretch him out. He is a colt. Everyone wants speed and we genuinely think he is of Group 1 ability and can develop into a horse that goes to stud.
“He is going to love The Valley, isn’t he? On speed, high cruising speed. I see that as where he will head,” he said.
'Impressive', picture Sportpix.com.au
“He was very impressive,” said Collett.
“I actually trialled him in his second trial as an early two-year-old and he won by about eight or nine lengths and I came out with the big statement that this is a serious racehorse. He then went out and did not quite live up to that in his first start, so at least he is on his way up to live up to that.
“He is a beautiful animal with a shoulder and neck on him, he is a proper horse. It is just experience. With Gerald Ryan’s runner (The Face) there for the first part of the race he was kind of relaxed in a way. Most horses would want to overdo it, but he was just working through his gears, he came back under me nicely and I had plenty of horse at the top of the straight.
“He is a short trip horse, 1200m he will get away with. It is hard to know in time what his comfort zone will be with experience and his race manners so he may get further in time, but at the moment just the short trips,” he said
Anders, out of the War Emblem mare Madame Andree, finished his two-year-old year with two wins in succession, the last over 1100m at Rosehill on May 30th on a Heavy 8 track. His opening salvo of his three-year-old career has taken him to three wins from seven starts with two placings and stakes of $206,615 for owners Mrs L Fung, Mrs E Maher, Mrs Janice McKenna, Mrs D M McKeough, Ms J Lu, Ms S J Nuttall, Mrs P A Carrick, Dr E K Attebo, Ms Y Hu and Mrs T L Vogel.
Collett recounts the win, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Rosebud, photo finish picture ATC