Anastasia continues family tradition with win in Launceston

DEBUT: Anastasia, ridden by Chris Graham scores at her Tasmanian debut in the Maiden Plate at Mowbray on Wednesday night. Picture: Greg Mansfield
DEBUT: Anastasia, ridden by Chris Graham scores at her Tasmanian debut in the Maiden Plate at Mowbray on Wednesday night. Picture: Greg Mansfield

Former Victorian mare Anastasia continued a family tradition when she made a winning Tasmanian debut at Mowbray on Wednesday night.

The Adam Trinder-trained mare, ridden by Chris Graham, was in the first three all the way before beating favourite Little Pumba and Fontein Harry in the Maiden Plate.

Anastasia had three starts in Victoria for trainer Nikki Burke who bred the Magnus five-year-old and remains in her ownership.

“Nikki has sent most of the family down here and they’ve all won,” Trinder said.

Those horses include Anastasia’s half brother Koutoufides and half sister Vow Of Silence.

“This one is a lovely little mare but she won’t soar to any great heights,” Trinder said.

“We’ve scratched her a few times looking for the right race and now we’ll see if we can find another easy one.”

Trinder said Anastasia arrived in Tasmania about a month ago and there had been no need to trial her.

“Nikki gave her a couple of jump outs in Victoria and she came down fully wound up,” the trainer said.

JOCKEY Craig Newitt declared Fragment a perfect Devonport Cup horse after the five-year-old maintained his unbeaten first-up record in the Class 3 Handicap.

However part-owner Barry Larter wasn’t too keen on the idea.

“I’d rather send him to Melbourne than run him on the synthetic,” Mr Larter said.

Newitt said he could see Fragment being very competitive in a Devonport Cup where he could “roll to the top and keep going.

“He has a beautiful action,” the jockey said.

Fragment is raced by the Woodlawn Park Stud syndicate, managed by David Larter, and is out Penn, a half sister to the owners’ group 1 winner Alfa.

The Barry Campbell-trained gelding has never missed a place in six starts and is three from three first-up.

FORMER King Island gelding Mr America surprised trainer Glenn Stevenson with his win at double-figure odds in the Class 1 Handicap.

Mr America had two unplaced runs for Stevenson earlier in the year and the trainer said his recent trackwork hadn’t suggested he could win first-up.

”But when the owners sent the horse to me they said he would win races here so they might be right,” he said.

TASMANIAN mare Woohoo is $3.70 favourite with Sportsbet for the inaugural running of the The Hotham at Ballarat on Thursday.

The $50,000 novelty race is the richest maiden in Victoria. The final field is made up of the poorest-performed entries  – horses with the most starts and least prizemoney got ballot priority.

Woohoo, trained at Spreyton by Leon, Dean and Trent Wells, has had five minor placings from 19 starts.