Matt on the board with first training win of the season

Matt on the board with first training win of the season

Woodend Beach reinsman Matt Anderson must have been learning a few tips off the boss John Dunn recently based on his driving at Rangiora yesterday. With two wins and a close up second it could be described as a really good day at the office. That day was even more impressive though considering that one of Matt's driving wins Linton Shard, is also a horse that he trains.

The now six year old Linton Shard has been around a few stables in his time, but yesterday was his first start for Matt out of his Woodend base. The winner of three starts as a three and four year old for Cran Dalgety, he then had two wins from four starts for Graeme Anderson during a stint down south. Then followed unsuccessful periods under Michael House and Dallas Paterson.

It was after the horse started for Dallas at Ashburton during cup week that Matt was able to take over the horse's training for the same group of owners. The thought was that the beach and new surroundings may make a difference.

"I think it has been a combination of things," said Matt.

"Obviously the beach helps, but I have also been riding him for something different."

"Our farrier Paul Howlett has also been a big help."

Yesterday, Linton Shard made a great beginning to lead, before handing up to Abiento. That runner was always travelling well in front and Matt waited until the 200m, before coming off the trail to lodge his claim. He hit the front at the 200m, before pulling away for a convincing three quarters of a length win.

Yesterday's winner was the third in terms of the training side of things for Matt.

"I had wins last season with Pitch Perfect and Brian and had another one that has run a placing so it has been pretty good."

Matt's second win for the day was with the Dave Thompson trained Stompem in Race Four. In almost a carbon copy of his later win, Stompem led then trailled and after getting the passing lane at the 200m, powered through for a convincing two length win.

These two wins take Matt to a total of six wins for the season from just 42 drives. 

Later in the day's feature he drove Onedin Reign to a fast finishing second behind Samskara after another well timed drive.

Posted: Fri 04 Jan 2019