Above: Plutocrat as a yearling

Chris Anderson left last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale confident he had secured the best representative of Rich Enuff and subsequent events have proved his judgement to be on the money.

The Eagle Farm-based Anderson, then operating in partnership with Rob Heathcote, went to $110,000 to purchase a filly by Woodside Park Stud resident Rich Enuff and as Plutocrat she’s proved to be a sharp piece of business.

Plutocrat had the honour of becoming the first black-type winner for her sire, who also produced recent G3 Ottawa S. winner Dosh, when she was successful in last season’s Listed Tattersall’s Club S.

The filly, who is from the family of the six-time Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}), was offered at the Gold Coast by Glenlogan Park, who race the 3-year-old.

“They had a client that was selling the horse and we loved her. I thought she was the pick of the Rich Enuffs at that particular Sale and it’s turned out that she has been, hindsight has proven to be correct,” Anderson said.

Plutocrat will be out to add to her black-type tally when she steps out in Saturday’s Listed Hellbent At Yarraman Park Gold Edition Plate at Doomben.

Hoping for form reversal

Anderson is hoping she can turn her form around following a last-start failure in the Listed Mode Plate having resumed with an encouraging runner-up finish behind Dusty Tycoon (Written Tycoon), who was in receipt of 4kg.

“She was a little bit disappointing second-up to be honest, although not a lot went her way. She was three deep throughout and we’re hoping she can replicate her first-up effort,” he said.

“She had 59kg on her back first-up so it was a bit of a gut-busting run and they can race a bit flat after that so I certainly believe she deserves her chance.”

Plutocrat’s performance in the Gold Edition will determine Anderson’s post-Christmas plans.

“It is a very strong race on Saturday and there’s certainly nowhere to hide. If she can show she’s up to that grade then she’ll be on a path to the Magic Millions, but if not we do have a Plan B,” he said.

“There’s a really big QTIS race in March for 3-year-olds worth $500,000 and she would be targeted toward that if she shows she’s not quite up to those top-class fillies.

“This will be a really good guide as to where she is at. We’re making a gear change too and taking the winkers off and putting blinkers on.

“We’re making a gear change too and taking the winkers off and putting blinkers on.” – Chris Anderson

“She did put in a below par run one day at Eagle Farm last season and we came away from the races scratching our heads and she came out and won a Listed race at her next start.

“Hopefully, she can do the same again and bounce back third-up.”

Live chance

Anderson also has a live chance in Epic Girl (Shamus Award) in the Listed TAB Lough Neagh Plate.

She was unplaced two runs back in the Listed Tattersall’s Classic and then improved to finish a close fourth in the Listed Just Now S.

“She’s on a seven-day back-up and I thought her second-up run was terrific. She was a bit fat and under done first-up and the key to her is that she really appreciates the sting out of the ground,” Anderson said.

“If there’s plenty of moisture in the track then her chances really increase.

“If there’s plenty of moisture in the track then her chances really increase.” – Chris Anderson

“She always puts in and is always there or thereabouts. She has been placed in a black-type race and it would be lovely to see her win one.

“She is taking on some pretty good sprinters on Saturday though, but she’s fit and well.”

Anderson’s stable has been in good form and is looking forward to the coming months.

“We’re going along okay and Boomtown Lass was unlucky not to have won a stakes race last time out. A few more bounds and she would have won,” he said.

Boomtown Lass (Spirit Of Boom) was narrowly beaten by Usmanov (Choisir) in the Listed Bribie H. at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

“Ballistic Boy has been great and won his last two and Profit has had a couple of thirds and he heads toward the Bernborough,” Anderson said. “We’ve got a nice little team for the summer carnival and the Magic Millions. I’m really happy and if they’re not winning they’re running really well.”

Article courtesy of TDN