Anderson produces a treble at Stony Creek

Landani ridden by John Robertson wins the Ladbrokes Odds Boost 4YO+ Maiden Plate at Stony Creek Racecourse on December 28, 2019 in Stony Creek, Australia. (Leonie Grbic/Racing Photos)

Victorian breeders Jim and June Anderson had only what can be only described as a big day out at Stony Creek on Saturday when they combined with Cranbourne trainer Mark Webb to produce three winners on the nine race program.

The Anderson bred three winners  – Landani, Dream Brother and Golden Esprit –  were all trained by Webb.

And they still own and race Landani (Shinzig/Bellistic Miss) and Dream Brother (Helmet/Crystal Sprite).  They lease Golden Esprit (Bel Esprit/Gold Lyric).

The trio of winners all came from a band of mares owned by Jim and June.

Golden Esprit ridden by Arron Lynch returns after winning the CERVUS EQUIPMENT AUSTRALIA 0 – 58 Handicap at Stony Creek Racecourse on December 28, 2019 in Stony Creek, Australia. (Leonie Grbic/Racing Photos)

Jim, who is 68 years-old, was formerly an earth moving contractor and got the racing bug early in his life but admits he had a big break from the game from his late twenties until his fifties.

“We breed a few every year,” he said.

“And we mostly breed to sell.

“We’ve been breeding for about 15 or so years.”

Anderson said they’d had some successes over the years at the sales, with their best result being Carrara which they sold for $200,000. He was from Elvestroem’s first crop and out of Crystal Sprite.

Carrara, who went on to stand at stud, won the Group 2 Bill Stutt Sakes in 2009 and won another three listed races for Caulfield trainer Tony Vasil who also trained Elvstroem to five Group 1 victories, including the 2004 Caulfield Cup.

Anderson said he bred about 34 foals this current season and has a band of about 40 broodmares.

“There’s a few bills, I know that,” Anderson quipped.

“I mainly sell at Adelaide and Melbourne, sometimes the Classics and sometimes at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast if we’ve got one that is good enough.

“We haven’t had anything on at the Gold Coast for three or four years.”

A long time Ballarat resident, Anderson previously had his own farm at Seymour but now has his horses on agistment, mainly at Murchison.

He said his involvement started quite innocently.

“I went to the horse sales one day and that’s how it started when I bought a couple,” Anderson said.

“I had a big break from them years and years ago for a fair few years but I gradually got back into them. You get the bug, and that’s the end of you. The main reason I had the big break was that the partner I had the horses with died.

“I race a lot of horses with my wife June, but also stay in some of my horses which are sold through syndicates and those sorts of things.”

Anderson said the main aim was to the sell the horses he breeds but if he can’t find a buyer he’ll race or lease them and currently has about 12 racehorses.

“Sometimes you get the reserve wrong or something and you are stuck with them,” he said.

Anderson said that while he got the treble at Stoney Creek, he went close to getting a double at Flemington last May with two horses he bred. Spunlago, which he still has a share in, won over 1600m.  Moor Wanted, which he sold as a yearling out of the paddock, finished second over 1100m.

Anderson said while he didn’t back all three winners at Stoney Creek his son, Matthew, did.

Landani won race two and paid $6.50, while Dream Brother won race eight and paid $6.30 and Golden Esprit completed the running double in the lucky last at odds of $15.90 with the TAB. The running double with the Webb horses paid $88.50.

And for the record, it’s not the first time Mark Webb has trained a treble.

Dream Brother ridden by Daniel Stackhouse wins the Leongatha Rural Supplies 0 – 58 Handicap at Stony Creek Racecourse on December 28, 2019 in Stony Creek, Australia. (Leonie Grbic/Racing Photos)