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Gosford preview: Reminiscences of Crimson Anchor to come back flooding again

Gosford preview: Reminiscences of Crimson Anchor to come back flooding again


The colors made well-known by one in every of Australian racing’s biggest ever horses may as soon as once more be flying excessive, albeit in a Gosford Maiden on Tuesday.

Former Victorian filly Astelena is scheduled to make her New South Wales, and secure debut, for Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou within the Maiden Plate (1000m).

“Astelena is owned by John Gigante who was (an proprietor) in Crimson Anchor and she or he races in Crimson Anchor’s colors,” Ryan mentioned.

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“He’s a mate of John Cornish and was via John Cornish that the filly got here to us.”

Crimson Anchor’s deeds within the mid-Eighties make spectacular studying however for many who had been there at time, his feats had been nothing in need of outstanding.

“He was an excellent horse,” Ryan recalled.

“John (Gigante) was telling me the opposite day, Crimson Anchor gained from 1200m to 2500m and he gained on 11 totally different tracks.”

Crimson Anchor, skilled by Tommy Smith in his glory days and partnered by Mick Dittman, gained the Cox Plate, Victoria Derby and Caulfield Guineas in fast succession in an unforgettable spring marketing campaign in 1994.

Crimson Anchor retired to Sir Tristan Antico’s Baramul Stud the next 12 months however was by no means in a position to father one pretty much as good as himself, though he did depart the 1994 Epsom winner, Navy Seal.

As for Astelena, Ryan has achieved his bit to kick begin the following chapter of her life by discovering an appropriate race, an appropriate jockey (Tim Clark) and an appropriate draw (barrier 1) for the Arrowfield-bred daughter of Pariah.

“She’s been right here since Christmas time and has settled in nicely and has achieved every little thing proper,” Ryan reported.

“Her work has been okay and I can’t fault her.

“Hopefully, drawn the place she has, she will maintain her spot on the fence.”

Astelena’s largest risk may nicely come from inside, given the presence of the lightly-raced however already perennially unfortunate Fairy Stroll descendant, Idalo.

“We went to Canberra and struck maiden and she or he was three vast the complete manner,” Ryan mentioned.

“We went to Nowra after that and the identical factor occurred.

“She is trustworthy however she will not be very massive so I put Amy (McLucas) on to simply get a few kilos of her again.”

Idalo’s first change of luck got here with the draw, with barrier 5 on Tuesday in comparison with her barrier 8 of eight at Nowra 16-days in the past.

“I used to be simply going via (the Gosford race) this morning and I believed she would possibly land ‘one-one really,” he mentioned.

Ryan, in the meantime, gained’t have to attend lengthy to seek out out if the blue-blooded, pricey-yearling, Cappelletti can lastly put his finest foot ahead when he resumes at Gosford having been gelded since expensive implosion at Newcastle on November 15.

“He has settled down lots since he has been gelded and he trialled nicely the opposite day,” Ryan reported.

“He has at all times proven good skill however has simply misplaced the plot on race day.”


The a number of Group race-winning mixture of coach Jason Coyle and proprietor/breeders, the Esplin household, will search so as to add to their collective tally at Gosford on Tuesday by way of the diminutive filly Lidia.

A lightly-raced four-year-old, Lidia has an extended solution to go to match the deeds of the Coyle/Esplin mares White Moss, Barely Candy et al, however despatched out encouraging indicators at her brief, sharp first preparation.

“She is a lightly-framed little Press Assertion who has trialled actually properly and is the form of horse you’d anticipate to undergo the grades fairly properly and see the place her ceiling is,” Coyle mentioned.

“If she jumps like she did within the trials, she shouldn’t be too distant. It’s a brief straight at Gosford and she or he seems to be like she has a pleasant little flip of foot.”

Coyle will whip out one other set of well-known silks out of his outdated kit-bag at Gosford when Hole Greenback goes round within the Posterity Maiden Plate (1000m).

The New Zealand born mare was retained to race by her breeder Gerry Harvey owing to her regal heritage.

A daughter of Oakleigh Plate winner, Swiss Ace, Hole Greenback’s grandam is Australia’s Champion 2YO Filly of 2004/5, Fashions Afield.

Whereas Hole Greenback has solely managed two placings in her eight begins to date, she is but to run an outright poor race.

“She is a pleasant mare really. I actually like her.,” Coyle mentioned.

“Her report in all probability doesn’t do her justice. I believed she was good first-up, she obtained posted with no cowl and over the 900m she simply peaked on her run late off the lengthy break.

“She’s going to clearly strip fitter from that and I feel she has discovered a pleasant little race to interrupt her maiden.”

Coyle, in the meantime, can declare all of the credit score ought to the Gosford sure Mandalorian take out the Turfcare Benchmark 64 Handicap (1600m) not solely because the coach however the man who bred the son of his personal 2013 San Domenico Stakes and Run To The Rose winner, Va Pensiero.

“Each preparation he builds in direction of a win and if we will discover the fitting race below the fitting circumstances, he can notch one other one,” mentioned Coyle.

“I feel he’s at his peak now.”

Initially printed as Gosford preview: Astelena to hold proprietor John Gigante’s colors made well-known by former champion Crimson Anchor



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