BRILLIANT filly Anntonia is well placed to seek redemption.
Runner-up in last season’s New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge Final, Anntonia has firmed as the one to beat in this year’s edition following tonight’s events.
Not only did the daughter Bettors Delight of complete an easy victory in her semi-final at Club Menangle, the David Thorn-trained youngster has also been favoured by the barrier draw.
To connections’ delight, Anntonia is predicted to lead throughout from gate three in the $150,000 Final.
On top of that Anntonia’s main danger, Chrissy Chic – which won the other semi – has fared poorly in barrier seven.
“It’ll be nice if she can go one better this year,” Thorn said. “I was much happier with her run tonight and expect her to be right at her best next week.
“Not that she went bad in winning her heat at her last start, I just felt she should have won easier.
“I’m pleased with her draw as she is close to the pegs, plus I wanted to be inside Chrissy Chic, which is still the one to beat.”
With Luke McCarthy at the helm, Anntonia led throughout from barrier eight to score by four-and-a-half from Machs Legacy.
Ballerini was eight-and-a-half metres away third.
“Even though we got a bit of rain tonight the track still really good,” Thorn said. “That helped her as she’s only got little feet and gets bogged down a bit.
“Not that she’s a great track worker, but she worked as good as ever during the week and Luke said she felt better tonight.”
Taking her record to 11 wins and seven placings from 18 starts, the three-year-old covered the mile in 1:52.5 – two-tenths of a second slower than Chrissy Chic.
Driven by Cameron Hart for trainer Jason Grimson, Chrissy Chic registered a four-and-a-half metre win from Winona Writer, with Bettor Be Kept a head away third.