Anderton targets a cup double with The Glitzy One
Wingatui stayer The Glitzy One will race at Ascot Park on December 15 before heading north for the Marton Cup a month later.
She had nine days off after her win in a $40,000 open 2000m on the second day of the New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton on November 14.
The Glitzy One, trained by Wingatui horseman Steven Anderton, will contest an open 2200m at Ascot Park. An incentive to start in the $55,000 Marton Cup at Awapuni is that the winner does not get a rehandicap for the $200,000 Wellington Cup on January 26. That staying test is also intended for The Glitzy One.
Summer targets for stablemate The Solitaire are the $50,000 Timaru Cup on December 28 and the $70,000 Trentham Stakes on the first day of the Wellington Cup meeting on January 19.
''There's a chance she'll back up in the Wellington Cup,'' Anderton said yesterday.
He and the mare's owners, the Dennis brothers, of Woodlands, are considering her for the Group I weight-for-age Darci Brahma International Stakes at Te Rapa on February 9. The Solitaire's close relation, The Jewel, won the race in 2005.
The Diamond One, also raced by the brothers from Anderton's stable, should resume work next week. She was turned out after her gutsy fourth in the One Thousand Guineas at Riccarton on November 17.
''She'll go straight into the Gore Guineas (January 19) and then the Dunedin Guineas (February 2),'' Anderton said.
High Chaparral mare Chaparella will be trainer Steven Prince's lone runner at Cromwell on Sunday.
Chaparella is a candidate for an open 1400m at Cromwell and will then start in the Timaru Cup. Stablemate Ric O'Shea is also under orders for the cup.
Both horses raced in the $230,000 Coupland's Bakeries Mile at Riccarton on November 14. Chaparella finished ninth and Ric O'Shea 13th.
Prince, of North Taieri, called in an equine chiropractor to examine Ric O'Shea after noticing the O'Reilly gelding dragging a hind leg on Thursday. The chiropractor worked on soreness in Ric O'Shea's back end.
Another member of the team, Recording, is gearing up for the Tapanui Cup at Gore on December 23. The handicapper lifted Recording's rating from 69 to 81 for winning the Winton Cup on Wednesday.
Pinot Express and Lemon Honey, first and ninth, respectively, in a benchmark rating 75 1400m at Winton, are likely to have their next start at Ascot Park on December 15.
- The Southland Times