Anaphora books ticket to Queensland with Caulfield win

May 02, 2015

Anaphora produced an electric turn of foot at Caulfield to produce a monstrous last-to-first effort and take out the No Fuss Events Handicap over 1600m for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan.

Having been the first emergency in the race, it wasn’t until 9pm the night before the race that Anaphora had gained a start in the race courtesy of a scratching.

Despite a poor showing in a lesser Seymour race in her last start where she was beaten as favourite, Noonan had no hesitations bringing her straight to Caulfield.

“I always knew that she was going to be better back on the firm ground and her work during the week was really good so we were really confident that she’d come here and run well,” he said.

“We’ve always had a good opinion of her and she’ll be even better as she gets over more ground.”

Jumping from barrier 11 in the field of 12, jockey Vlad Duric settled the 3-year-old daughter of Dylan Thomas at the tail of the field where he spotted the leader 14 lengths coming up the side of the course.

“Gee I was a bit worried along the side, I know they were going along at a good clip but she was giving them a big start so it was a good effort,” Noonan said.

Upon straightening, Duric pulled Anaphora ($8) into the centre of the track where she produced a booming turn of foot to come from the tail of the field and score by a half-head from Violent Snow ($12) and Tears Of Joy ($7.50) in third.

Noonan said Anaphora may have one more run over 2000m at Caulfield in a fortnight before heading north.

“She’ll only have one more run before the Oaks but I don’t think a mile-and-a-quarter (2000m) will worry her,” he said.

“The Oaks is only 2200m this year and she’s got to improve a lot still but she’s lightly-raced and on the up.”