Day At The Track

Son of Elsu too good in Sires Stakes heat

09:35 AM 23 Oct 2009 NZDT
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Anvils Best Ever
Anvils Best Ever - never gave his favourite supporters any cause for concern.

Former 'Young Guns' champion Anvils Best Ever stamped his mark as one of harness racing's major players in the up-coming Sires Stakes Final on Cup Day, with an authoritive victory in heat five of the Sires Stakes series at Addington Raceway tonight (Friday).

Driven to perfection by leading reinsman Anthony Butt, the Nigel McGrath trained son of Elsu was far to good for his opposition, cruising home in a time of 2.25.9 for

950m trip.

Nursed out of the gate early he settled just in behind the leaders allowing his stablemates to jostle for early position before taking charge at the 1400. Once in front the classy looking colt was always going to be hard to catch.

After dictating terms he easily held his stablemate Beaudiene Christian (trailed throughout) and the fast finishing Franco Hendrix, scorching over his final 400 in 26.8 seconds, last 800 in 57.3. This left prominent businessman and colourful part owner Graham Beirne full of satisfaction.

"He got sick and came so close to death shortly after winning the 'Young Guns', he was only rated a 50/50 chance of surviving by vet Bill Bishop," said Beirne.

After a minor foot injury left Anvils Best Ever a run short when defeated fresh up by Live Dangerously at Timaru, he suffered steering issues when beaten into third by Kotare Mach and Arnoux in Heat Two of the series. But six days ago MrGrath had his stable star tuned to perfection after flying around the 1000m circuit at the Motukarara Workouts, narrowly beaten by stablemate Beaudiene Christian in a staggering 1.58.6 mile rate leaving owner Graham Beirne pondering just how much that run took out of him.

"Anthony said that he wanted to give him a hard run, but I didnt realise that we were trying for a New Zealand record" quipped Beirne. "Its the only reason I didnt place a five figure bet on him tonight, but Ive done okay" smiled Beirne ruefully.

"I am very excited about this horses future" he exclaimed.

Highlights from tonight:

Top Sire: Christian Cullen 3 wins.

Top Driver: John and Dexter Dunn 2 wins each.

Top Junior Driver: Dexter Dunn 2 wins.

Top Trainer: 10 races and 10 different winners.

Results from the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's meeting at Addington Raceway tonight (Friday) were:

Race 1: The Gavin Burgess trained BARGAIN BABY (Christian Cullen) John Dunn

Race 2: The Murray Edmonds trained and driven CHEW THEFAT (Sundon).

Race 3: The Greg & Nina Hope trained LEES APPROVAL (Lislea) Dexter Dunn.

Race 4: The Mark Purdon & Grant Payne trained ARDEN'S DARLIN (Bettor's Delight) Mark Purdon.

Race 5: The Nigel McGrath trained ANVIL'S BEST EVER (Elsu) Anthony Butt.

Race 6: The Kenneth Hannah & Lee Chappell trained WAIHEMO SAM (Armbro Invasion) John Dunn.

Race 7: The John McDermott trained BEARDSLEY (Christian Cullen) Craig Thornley.

Race 8: The Cran Dalgety trained DUSTIN BROMAC (Live Or Die) Dexter Dunn.

Race 9: The Mike De Filippi trained SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS (Sundon) Colin De Filippi.

Race 10: The Richard Aubrey & Julia Pilbrow trained ALCHEMY (Christian Cullen) Terry Chmiel.

Extensive results.

Steve DOLAN

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