Chris Anderson is taking the glass half-full approach to his extraordinary recent streak of runner-up finishes as he declared Saturday’s Gold Edition Plate contender Plutocrat as one of the best roughies he has sent to the races.
The Eagle Farm trainer’s last 14 runners have produced one winner (Ballistic Boy in the Doomben Mile) but seven second-placed finishes.
Just for good measure, there has also been a third and two fourths thrown into that mix.
Boomtown Lass finished second for the 11th time in her 26-start career last Saturday when she came up narrowly short in the Listed Bribie Handicap.
But Anderson is certainly not crying over spilt milk.
“It’s pretty crazy having so many runner-up’s lately – but I look at it that a lot of my horses are running super-well and are not far away from winning,” Anderson said.
“I certainly can’t complain – for instance Boomtown Lass only cost $20,000 but she has won more than $500,000.
“Generally speaking, many of my horses seem to have the racing pattern of getting back and needing a touch of luck.”
So can Anderson convert his run of runner-up finishes into an unexpected win with a roughie in the Listed Gold Edition at Doomben on Saturday?
Bookies are prepared to offer up $51 about Anderson‘s stakes-winning filly Plutocrat on Saturday after she was beaten almost eight lengths in her last start by Gold Edition Plate favourite Isotope.
But Anderson is prepared to forgive her one poor run and points out she has run second at big odds in a Listed race before.
That was in the Bill Carter Stakes in May where she was $81 into $31 and was narrowly beaten by Chris Waller filly September Run who went onto win the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington during the spring carnival.
“I think she looks a good roughie, put it this way, I certainly wouldn’t be leaving her out of exotics (bets),” Anderson said.
“She has run a big race at big odds before and I think she can do it again.
“In fairness to her, she was three-deep throughout second-up after she had a gut buster first-up when she carried 59kg.”
Regular rider Michael Cahill will team up with Plutocrat again and the filly has drawn softly in barrier three.
Trainer Chris Anderson.Source:AAP
Originally published asRoughie to make her mark in Gold Edition Plate
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