+64 21 762 559 (Gordon Cunningham)
Latest NewsWeekend runnersNew Zealand BloodstockUnforgottenNearco StudTulipTe AkauWeekend wrap upLong leafTofaneManolo BlahniqNot An OptionFanaticHeroic ValourLindsay Park RacingMighty BossMonday Wrap upDistinctive DarciAge of chivarlyBelle du NordTheanswermyfriendChris WallerFirst SealKuroRodricoHayesKinaneTribal WisdomConquerorHe Kin FlyI'm IncredibleIn a twinklingLisdoonvarnaMick PriceWeaponryAimee's JewelAspect ratioGlobal ThinkingMay SaleNZBReady To RunThe everestAlmost courtAsgard MassifDabernigGokoLoose cannonOnly TigerProvocativeRed DawnSingaporeStephen MarshTaroniBlue on BlackChampion ThoruoghbredsCoolmoreFlying FeetGold MagGraeme SandersHenry DwyerJoe PrideJohn ThompsonKahma LassMark TreloarRocknrollaSean KiernanThunder Down UnderWeanling SaleAbsolut ExcelenciaAustralian OaksBallymoreBlizzardChina Horse ClubDarren WeirDavid BrowneDebbie SweeneyEl chapoEmma-Lee BrowneFamily LeaderFastnet RockFlemingtonGlorious OceanGo racingHeart Of CourageHigh ClassJimmy LincolnKarakaKaraka MillionKhufuMarblesMongolian beautyMoroneyParis RockPitmanPrivate ThoughtsRafflesRoc de BankRockfastRuetiggerSandersSeventh SealShaune RitchieShowemhowitsdoneStephen RalphSuper easySweeneyTe akau racingTony NoonanTony PikeWar FrontierWhat Choux WantWrap UpYou're WelcomeAdelaide CupAdrian BottAdrian ClarkAll Star MileAlysha CollettAndrew WilliamsAndy WilliamsAnnavistoAudioAustramoreBaggy GreenBak Da PrincessBankside BelleBeer GardenBelugaBesty CoupBeyond The DreamBoxing Day RacesBridges To BabylonBroodmare Pedigree UpdatesBroodmare SaleBye Bye BelleCalder BloodstockCalm SeekerCaulfieldCaulfield CupCaulfield GuineasCeltic tigerCeylonChampion ThoroughbredsChrissy BambryCoup Darci BeCouplandCraig WilliamsCurraghmoreDanny ShumDauphine de franceDave HeywoodDominicDon't Plead GuiltyDoppelpunktDr TanEasy HabitEcuadorFantasyFighting SunFirebird FlyerFirebirdFlyerFlower GirlFoal WatchFormalityFrankelFreshwater StormGai WaterhouseGolden RoseGolden SlipperGood FaithGood StockGordon cunninghmaGorgeous AgainHatrick boysHighflyingHong KongHui Hai StarsIncheon ExpressIsland HopJazzmanJohn ChalmersJohn O'SheaJolie's ShinjuJosh ParrJustice GloryKamikaze RebelKaraka 2021Karen FursdonKatagasKeltic RockstarKenjiKiwi BredKool GalLake hayesLand GrantLatestNewsLattaLindsay ParkLindsay RacingLisheenLogan RacingLord TurboLot 57MaasirMakdanifeManikatoMark WalkerMatrix BloodstockMelbourne CupMerlion TrophyMexican RoseMike MoroneyMill DuckieMr IntelligenceMulcasterMusignyMyrrhNerve Not VerveNo CompromiseNot A DoubtNot A ZakNZ DerbyO'ReillyOceanographyPalm SpringsPedigreePedigree updatesPenelope CruisePennacchioPour MoiPower rushPremierProisirPumpsQue SeraRaeRaffles RacingRetired HorseRighteous MateRip Em UpSacred ShamSaimee JumaatSalamancaSavabeelSecret winShockingShowcase The GoldSingapore Turf ClubSlipintothisSnitzelSomething MajicSpecial MemoriesSt JustSun TouchSweetzouTam O'ShanterTankardThere's No DoubtTip The WinkTony ParkerTouch of silverTracey LammasTyphoon Tracy StakesUno SayuriUpdateWallerWeanling Pedigree UpdatesYesterday's SongsZoustar
TAGS

Theanswermyfriend too tough at Flemington

Theanswermyfriend (High Chaparral) has vindicated the decision of connections to remain in Melbourne with a comprehensive all-the-way win at Flemington.

The Robert Smerdon-trained four-year-old was a dual acceptor at Flemington and Randwick on Saturday and after considering options Theanswermyfriend lined up in the Listed The Sofitel over his pet distance of 1400m.

From the widest draw, Craig Williams rolled forward on the $3.20 favourite before eventually scoring by 1-3/4 lengths from Mr Sneaky ($3.50) with Count Da Vinci ($71) 1-1/4 lengths away third.

Smerdon now has the Gr.1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on October 1 as a target for Theanswermyfriend.

"We needed to win here to get a rating that will get us into the Sir Rupert Clarke as that's where we thought we'd like to go at the start of the preparation," Smerdon said.

"Nothing's really happened to change that so we'll certainly head that way."

The Caulfield-based trainer said 1400m was the ideal distance for Theanswermyfriend.

"You would like to think he would go a little bit further but he might just be a specialist at this distance," Smerdon said.

"In his lead-up races over shorter distances he has horses that are as quick as him, but he can dominate a race over 1400, as he did that today."

Williams said Theanswermyfriend had to do it tough from his outside draw and racing into a fierce headwind.

"He had the elements against him but he came into this race nicely," Williams said.

"He's got further improvement which is exciting." -AAP



 

This product has been added to your cart

CHECKOUT