October 31, 2021 Michael Court
LEADING Menangle trainer David Thorn knew what his gun filly Anntonia could do.
Leading reinsman Jack Trainor did too.
So, when Trainor received a three-week suspension earlier this month, he quickly began to find drivers to replace him – immediately – so he would be free to resume driving at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight.
His first night back in the sulky was a winner.
Trainor scored with his first drive Rusty Crackers, then back up an hour later to win with outsider Summit Special.
Then the former Kiwi horseman made it a night to remember when Anntonia set an Australasian record for a three-year-old filly, cracking the magical 1:50 barrier when she rated 1:49.8 to annihilate a class field in the $150,000 Breeders Challenge final for three-year-old fillies.
Anntonia scorched the mile, beating Bettor Be Kept by eight and a quarter metres, with Chrissy Chic, who raced without cover for the entire journey, a battling third, a further three metre back.
Thorn has forged a career as one of the best trainers at Menangle but both he and Trainor were disappointed with Anntonia’s return when she was beaten at Penrith after a let-up.
So, Thorn set about getting her right and explained that if she was a person, Anntonia would probably be a ‘vegan’.
“When we got her feed and a few other little things right we knew she was on her way back to her best,” he said.
“Tonight she proved that and that run was just what we knew she could do.”
Anntonia was beaten in the two-year-old Breeders Challenge final last year but has now notched three Group 1 wins, following earlier successes in an Oaks and a Bathurst Gold Bracelet.