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Grafton Win A Gift For Anthony Allen

The $50,000 Mother’s Gift at Grafton on Thursday became a welcome home present for former local apprentice Anthony Allen.

Grafton Win A Gift For Anthony Allen

The $50,000 Mother’s Gift at Grafton on Thursday became a welcome home present for former local apprentice Anthony Alle

Allen pumped his fist as he blasted across the finish line on Romneys Choice, an indication what the win meant to the now Queensland based rider.

The Mother’s Gift is aptly named after the Ramornie Handicap winner trained by John Shelton, the same man Allen was apprenticed to all those years ago. The mare was the last Grafton-trained Ramornie winner in 2000.


“It’s really good. I love coming back to where I started, getting back to the roots, but to win a race in the carnival is just a bonus,” Allen said.

It almost wasn’t to be for the Brisbane-based hoop as the five-year-old mare began to pull up in the shadow of the finishing post.

“Just that last little bit she started to pull up, but she managed to find a little bit more and fought on to the line,” Allen said.

“She has a bit of heart about her and that’s what I like. It has just taken a while for us to put some nice decent work into her.

“She is just going through her gears nicely and there is plenty more to come.”

Romney’s Choice proved the right pick for Eagle Farm trainer Chris Anderson, one of Brisbane’s most talented young trainers with a team of 44 horses in work.

It was the trainer’s first win with the daughter of Denman after he bought the five-year-old mare over the internet for just $20,000 from a Sydney trainer.

She debuted for him at Doomben with a fourth in December and then ran third there when she resumed from a spell on June 27.

“She’s not the most sound horse I’ve ever trained but she’s a lovely big mare.

The $27,460 winner’s cheque covered her purchase price with Anderson confident there is more to come.

“She’s a Saturday horse for sure,” he said

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