A drop back in weight will give classy mare Anatina the chance to improve when she races in Saturday’s Sir John Monash Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse according to her locally-based trainer Robert Smerdon.
Last time out the four-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock carried 59kg with Craig Williams in the saddle to run four and a half lengths away eighth behind Hard Romp first-up over 1100m at Flemington on June 13.
That was her first run since October last year, Anatina best known for her close second when just a neck away from the winner Tiger Tees in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill in March of 2014.
It is her Group 1 placed form Smerdon is hoping she can return to this time in, including in the $150,000 Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) on the weekend, after an initially disappointing run first-up.
“Craig Williams said on the day she sort of blew out 300 from home, so she was going to take a lot of benefit from the run,” Smerdon told Racing Victoria this week.
“Her work’s been good, but she does need to have come on to take this lot on.
“At her best she’s amongst them, but she was just a bit below expectation first-up so I’m looking for her to improve her form.”
Anatina is one of 12 sprinters still in the mix for the weight-for-age winter feature, WA hoop Chris Parnham booked for the ride where she is drawn nicely in barrier five.
To date she has had three previous Caulfield runs and has finished second twice at the track, also boasting a nice record over the 1100m distance with two wins and two seconds from her six previous attempts.
All of that plus the drop back to 56.5kg on the weekend work to her advantage says Smerdon of the market mover in the Monash Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, Anatina in from $10 to $9 in the latest markets.
“The weight (first-up) was a big thing, too – 59 (kilograms) on a below-average-size mare – so she’ll probably be better suited at this set weights scenario,” Smerdon added.
Monash Stakes betting markets are led by the reigning champion Lord Of The Sky at $2 whose latest run was a second in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1200m) at Morphettville in mid-May.
There’s also been money come in for the Mark Kavanagh-trained filly Wild Rain ($10 into $9.50) who gets the run of the race from barrier four with jockey Glen Boss retaining the ride after the two combined to win at Moonee Valley last time out.
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