Anlon Wins Chester Manifold Stakes

Anlon continued his meteoric rise this preparation scoring a last-stride victory in the Listed $120,000 Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday

A restricted class winner at Kyneton first up in November, the gelding has now recorded back-to-back wins at Flemington following his first Stakes success.

Beginning his career with Peter Moody before joining his current trainer Darren Weir, Weir said his Warrnambool stable was the key to the five-year-old who does all of his work on the beach.

“We kept him in the Ballarat stable for around a month and things weren’t heading in the right direction,” Weir said. “Obliviously Peter Moody is a very good trainer and he was trained on the track before we got him so we just decided to swap things around.

“He’s a hard-going horse on the track in his work but he loves it down at the beach and is very relaxed so it obviously suits him.

“A lot of the credit has to go to Mark O’Donnell and all of his team down at Warrnambool, they’ve done a great job with him.

“He’s a very tough horse. He’s actually got a bit of a wind issue and if you heard him after track work you’d wonder how he does it.”

Settling in a midfield position on the back of a hot speed, jockey Dean Yendall brought Anlon ($3.50F) to the centre of the track at the top of the home straight where he unleashed a powerful finishing burst.

After hitting the front inside the final 25 metres, Limes ($3.60) surged again on the inside forcing the judge to call for a photo which showed Anlon had scored by the narrowest of margins.

Admitting he thought Limes had actually kicked back to win the race on the inside, Weir said Anlon would now likely head towards the $120,000 Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on January 25.

Today’s triumph maintained Weir’s five win lead over Moody at the top of the Victorian metropolitan premiership table, after Moody combined with Linda Meech to win the $80,000 Tauto Handicap (1200m) with promising filly Miss Promiscuity.

Courtesy of Ben Asgari

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