Day At The Track

Bittersweet longshot win for Wayne

08:46 AM 17 May 2019 NZST
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Victorious trainer-driver Wayne Anderson and stable helper Barry Healy with 25/1 winner Postal Express

Barnawartha horseman Wayne Anderson had mixed feelings when he landed the money at the Shepparton harness racing meeting this week with a 25/1 longshot - and who could blame him?

Wayne decided to take the reins himself with bay gelding Postal Express (Flightpath-Bye Focals (Harmony Heaven), giving his 21-year-old son Chris, an up-and-coming junior driver, the night off.

"Chris works in the scaffolding business and just lately he's been doing a fair bit of travelling," Wayne said.

"As well as all the miles, he's also been working hard because he just recently bought himself a house. So, I said to him that I didn't want him pushing himself to get back and drive at the trots.

"And of course, everything worked out perfectly in the race for Postal Express and we landed the money, but only just!"

Postal Express won by a neck from Monash (Ros Rolfe) with four metres back to Waterboy (Ryan Duffy). The mile rate was a brisk 1.57-5.

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It was Wayne's first race drive on the eight-year-old, and while he was delighted with the success, he intends to stay "second fiddle" to Chris whenever he can.

"Chris has had a couple of wins and my wife Margy, myself and all the other family members are keen to see him get established and do well in the sport," Wayne said.

"Whenever he's home and not away working, you'll find him at our place helping out with the team, which is up to five at present.

"Chris was a late-starter into trotting as he used to do very well at football and cricket. I think he can make a go of it, because he's keen and will take on any advice. Guys like David Jack, Cameron Maggs and Peter Romero have been fantastic."

The Anderson farm, nestled on the outskirts of town, has been in the family since 1956.

Wayne said a 700-metre granite track on the property cost "24 dozen bottles of beer and some fuel, back in the day"!

"Uncle Bob, who always had horses on the place, now looks after the cattle, while my brother Steve does the cropping and our dad David keeps an eye on things to ensure everything's ticking along okay. We have 60 cattle and 350 sheep as well as the horses," Wayne said.

"It's a real family affair and while two of our other sons, Mitch and Isaac, aren't hands-on with the horses, they support us.

"We got Postal Express off a mate in Robbie Walters, who thought he would be just perfect for Chris to learn the ropes.

"And he is a nice horse-just a gentleman to do anything with. He's improved lately since we changed his feed on the recommendation of a nutritionalist and got his teeth done.

"The horse has always shown high speed, but now he's starting to find the line."

Wayne said he'd been in and out of the industry for nearly 40 years.

"I was trying a heap of horses there for a while but dropped off a bit when I wasn't getting any to the races," he said.

"Then in December 2015, we had a wild bushfire go through. We lost 300 sheep, 400 bales and five kilometres of fencing. It also destroyed our wooden horse yards, but fortunately two colts that I was breaking-in weren't injured.

"The bushfire destroyed 6000 hectares in nine hours, being fanned by 100kph winds. We saved a few lambs as well as things around the house."

Wayne said while Postal Express could be one to follow from the stable, he was excited with former Queensland pacer My Magic Merlin.

"Chris got beaten a head at Kilmore with him last month which was his first run for us. He's a nice type by Mach Three and still only a C1," he said.

And there's a fair chance that Wayne will be among the loudest supporters for Chris at Albury on Saturday night when the junior driver competes with Miss Rixon in the opening event, followed by My Magic Merlin in race two.

 

Terry Gange

NewsAlert PR Mildura

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