Day At The Track

Maverick wins the Invercargill Cup

08:35 AM 28 Jan 2018 NZDT
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Maverick after winning the Invercargill cup
Photo Bruce Stewart

Matt Anderson, who is a regular visitor to the south as he chases the junior drivers premiership, has a bit of a following. When he returned to the stabling area with Invercargill Cup winner Maverick he received plenty of calls of ‘well done’ from those in the South Stand. 

Maverick, who started off the 20 metre mark with favourite Robbie Burn, stayed out of the early action as Hopes And Dreams and Nathan Williamson set the pace in the 3200 metre Group Three feature.

Inside the last 800 metres Anderson sped the six year old forward. By the time the horse had reached the 400 he had his head in front of a tiring Hopes And Dreams. He held on tenaciously to beat stablemate My Wee Man and Robbie Burns, who both fought bravely. The winning margin was a length and a quarter. 


Maverick (8) and Matt Anderson winning the Invercargill Cup - Photo Bruce Stewart.

“We navigated around the handicap and picked our time to move. When we did I asked plenty of him and he delivered,” said Anderson.

The winner is trained by Nigel McGrath who won the Invercargill Cup last year with Classie Brigade in a sensational time of 3-23.5. Today's winning time was 4-05.2.

It was Anderson's second winning drive in the cup. He won with the Brent Shirley trained Costa Del Magnifico in 2016. 

"I owe Brent Shirley a big thanks. He’s worked on my relationship with Nigel McGrath. I’m really grateful.”

Maverick has now won ten races and $121,065 for his connections which include HRNZ Chairman Ken Spicer and his wife Anne- Marie who also bred the gelding. He's by Bettor's Delight out of the Auckland Cup winner Kate's First.

 

Bruce Stewart

Southland Harness Racing

 

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