Junior reinsman Matthew Anderson pulled off a successful hit and run mission when he was successful aboard the Ken Sefonte trained Letz Hope at Alexandra Park today.
“It was my first ever drive at Alexandra Park and winning it was huge thrill,” said the South Island horseman. “When I went out on to the track I didn’t know which way to go around but I got there in the end,” he laughed.
Anderson, who works for Leithfield Beach trainer Robbie Holmes, was very thankful to both Ken Sefonte and Lew Driver for providing him with the opportunity.
“Lew (Driver) is staying up here with Ken Sefonte at the moment and he jacked it all up for me,” said Anderson.
Anderson made the most of a string of early gallopers and worked Letz Hope to the front in the Junior Drivers event. He then rated him to perfection before kicking clear in the home straight to win by four lengths at juicy odds of $29.20.
“I watched a few of his videos and thought today was a bit of a step-back for him, so I was actually quite confident,” said Anderson. “Ken (Sefonte) was also confident of a forward showing,” he added.
Anderson also drove Better’s Blastof for Ken Sefonte in a later race but after racing parked he faded to finish to finish at the tail of the field.
Anderson flew out of Auckland at 5’oclock tonight and will be back driving at Addington on Thursday.
“I have a couple of drives in Lisa Marie P and Tiana Franco. They both look to have chances,” he concluded.
By Mitchell Robertson