Sandown Racecourse will play host to two black-type races this afternoon as part of its Boxing Day race meeting, one of which is the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m).
10 sprinters are set to tackle the $120,000 feature race after Robbie Laing’s Boomwaa was scratched on Wednesday.
The Darren Weir-trained Anlon is one of six single figure hopefuls in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, offering odds of $6.50.
Anlon will be making his first start this campaign in the 2014 Christmas Stakes after he was last seen in the VRC-CRV Winter Championship (1410m) on June 28 at Flemington.
While the gelding failed to place in any of his last five starts, he has the advantage of winning three of his six previous first up runs. Weir also believes Anlon will enjoy a big race fresh.
“He’s had a couple of trials and he had a half-mile (800m) trial on Monday at Terang and was ridden very quietly early and stretched out nicely late,” Weir told RSN’s Racing Ahead.
“He’s going to present there in great order but it’s just a shame that he’s got a bit of a wind problem because he’d be a damn good horse if he didn’t have that.
“His two trials have been really good and he’s a fit and well horse. He’ll get back in the run and hopefully will be strong late.”
Anlon will jump from barrier six with in-form jockey Brad Rawiller in the saddle.
Laing still has two horses in the Christmas Stakes, including favourite Lord Of The Sky who finished fourth in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) last time out alongside rivals Danger Close and Mr Make Believe.
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