Exceptional reinsman Blair Orange nailed his second Group One victory in less than a week when guiding Superbowlcheerleader to success in the $100,000 Group One Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park tonight.
The much improved trotter, who is now trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, was parked out for the majority of the trip, yet still proved too strong for the fast finishing Aussie raider Zedalite, who is trained by ex-pat Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley.
Cool Cobber closed well to finish in third, while favourite Prime Power was a disappointing fifth after enjoying the gun run in the trail.
The 5YO Sundon mare, who bought up her tenth career win tonight, will now compete in next week’s Greenlane Cup before eyeing up the $150,000 Rowe Cup, which is the last leg of the Alexandra Park ‘Triple Crown’.
Superbowlcheerleader, who is owned by Mrs S Grainger along with Brian West of Studholme Bloodstock Limited, was originally trained by Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett before joining the All Stars barn.
Meanwhile, Ray Green and Lincoln Farms enjoyed success on the card with smart juveniles Strike The Gold and Beaudiene Boaz, who were both impressive winners, while the Tony Herlihy trained and Emilio Rosati owned Express Stride earned himself a spot in the Sires Stakes Final when winning a non-tote heat of the rich series earlier in the evening.
By Mitchell Robertson