Anderson bowing out at Addington

Trainer Dave Anderson.
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Trainer Dave Anderson.

Horse trainer Dave Anderson will sign off his training career with Alderbaren Ay M in the New Zealand Trotting Stakes at Addington on Saturday night.

Anderson, who has won two Breeders Crown finals, is departing the training ranks to develop his property at Prebbleton as a residential site.

"I will have 16 half-hectare blocks. The area has taken off for property development," Anderson said.

He has also been an observer at Judicial Control Authority hearings in Canterbury with a view to taking a position with the JCA.

Highlights in Anderson's training career include, wins in Breeders Crown finals for 3-year-old trotters at Moonee Valley with Locofoco in 2001 and Hurricane Flyer in 2004. Hurricane Flyer also won the Victoria Trotting Derby.

Anderson, 58, won 12 races with the trotter Sungait Reb. He trained his first winner, El Guest, at Washdyke in April, 1989.

"The first Breeders Crown final has probably been the highlight, experiencing the Kiwi versus Australia thing. Mark Jones drove Locofoco and he won the 3-year-old fillies final with Sparks A Flyin the same night. It was a big occasion," he said.

Anderson has been training for 26 years after grounding with Cecil Devine and Kevin Williams. He was strapper for two highly performed entires, Lord Module (trained by Devine) and Master Mood (Williams).

Anderson treasures a photo of him with Lord Module and Devine after the entire won his final race, the Allan Matson Free-For-All at the 1981 NZ Cup meeting. Lord Module, driven by Jack Smolenski, unleashed a brilliant finish to clock a record 3.15.5 for the 2600m (mobile) in his 28th win.

Master Mood won the 1986 New Zealand Cup and Miracle Mile.

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Galleons Royale, a winner at Rangiora and Orari this season from the Anderson stable, will join Colin and Julie De Filippi. Major Stride, another winner, will head to Sydney, where he is owned by Emilio and Mary Rosati. Idolise, a winner at Forbury Park this month, will join Gavin Smith. Other members of the stable will transfer to Terry and Glenys Chmiel.

Major Stride, an Art Major-Asabella gelding, was a $170,000 premier yearling sale purchase.

Alderbaren Ay M will also be transferred to the De Filippi stable. The filly has finished second at Washdyke and third at Ashburton in her two starts. She is by Sundon, the sire of Locofoco and Hurricane Flyer.

Terror To Love, the winner of  three New Zealand Cups, has his final race in the Easter Cup on Saturday night. The 7-year-old Western Terror-Love To Live entire is headed to the Pinelea Farm stud at West Melton.

Terror To Love won the Easter Cup in 2013 from a 10m handicap. He finished second to Hands Christian in 2012 and second to Adore Me last year from 20m. He is off 20m again. He has amassed 31 wins from 75 starts  and $2,346.313 in stakes for Christchurch breeder, Terry McDonald and trainers Graham and Paul Court.

"I have been lucky as he has had little in the way of injuries apart from a broken pedal bone as a 2-year-old," McDonald said.

Terror To Love won the New Zealand Cup in successive years from 2011, equalling the feat of Indianapolis (1934,35 and  36) and False Step (1958, 59, 60). The 2011 Canterbury Classic, 2014 New Brighton Cup, Flying Stakes as a 3-year-old (dead-heat with Gold Ace), and an Interdominion heat in 2014  are among his 16 wins at Addington. He has also numbered the 2013 Auckland Cup, 2014 Cranbourne Cup, Harness Jewels races at 4 and 5 and the 2012 Ashburton Flying Stakes among his wins.

He has a best winning mile time of 1.51 in his second Harness Jewels win as a 5-year-old at Ashburton. His best mile rate over a longer distance is 1.57.1 for 2555m (mobile) at Cranbourne in December.

 - The Southland Times

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