Include too strong in Southland Guineas
Southland Guineas winner Include is the result of a breeding plan hatched by part-owner Karen Stewart.
Include outclassed her opposition by four and a-half lengths in the $50,000 Guineas at Ascot Park on Saturday.
Mrs Stewart bought the filly's dam, She's Snubbed, at a Karaka winter sale, with intentions of mating her with Gallant Guru. The stallion stands at White Robe Lodge, which is owned by Mrs Stewart's parents, Brian and Lorraine Anderton. Mrs Stewart and husband Wayne manage the stud, while Brian and son Shane train Include at Wingatui.
Before the 2007 Karaka sale, Mrs Stewart researched the bloodlines of She's Snubbed and Gallant Guru and decided they were a good match. She shares the ownership of She's Snubbed and Include with her husband.
Waikato Stud owner Gary Chittick raced She's Snubbed from Michael Moroney's Randwick stable in the 2002-03. She had two thirds in four starts before injury forced her retirement.
A yearling colt, by Pentire from She's Snubbed, was sold by the Stewarts last October and is entered for the Sydney Easter Sale. The broodmare is in foal to White Robe Lodge sire Raise The Flag.
Include's wins in the Southland and Dunedin Guineas (February 1) have earned her a start in the $300,000 New Zealand Oaks at Trentham on March 15.
She will have one more start before the Group I Oaks. The Group III Lowland Stakes at Hastings on March 1 is being considered by Brian and Shane Anderton.
The horsemen have not won the New Zealand Oaks. However, Brian on his own account, trained Smart Mellay to finish second to Young Ida, beaten half a neck in the 1971 New Zealand Oaks at Riccarton. Smart Mellay ran fourth in the 1972 Southland Guineas.
The father and son trainers produced Perceptible to win the 2001 Southland Guineas. A stable star, Random Chance, ridden by Shane, was second to Il Comandante in the 1986 Southland Guineas.
Brian rode two winners of the race - Martian Command (1969) and Captain's Command (1966). His brother Hec and Hec's son, Steven, trained The Jewel to win the feature in 2003.
Hec and Brians' father, Hector Anderton, trained four Southland Guineas winners - Powley (1980), Waronui (1977), Brown Satin (1973) and Trelay (1970).
Brian and Shane Anderton's apprentice, Courtney Barnes, rode Include well on Saturday. The combination had a wide draw and worked to the lead after 400m.
''She relaxed in front and at the end of Findlay Road, we were going good,'' Barnes said.
''I held her up as long as I could and let her go at the 150.''
The win and success on Include in the Dunedin Guineas (February 1) are the best wins Barnes has had in two years of race riding.
A scholarship won by her will be used later in the season. It involves a two-week stint with Waikato training partners Stephen Ramsay and Julia Ritchie.
Shane Anderton reckoned Include had improved between the Dunedin and Southland Guineas.
''We did want to be on the pace [on Saturday] and not out the back wondering,'' he said.
Blinkers were added to Include's gear after her eighth in the Gore Guineas on January 18.
''She's a bit laid back and the blinkers have sharpened her up.''
- The Southland Times