Big brother upholds the family honour
GRAND sprinter Gallant Boy did what his younger brother could not, by winning on Melbourne Cup day at Wingatui yesterday.
The 8yrold produced a booming finish to impressively win yesterday’s 1400m feature race for trainers Brian and Shane Anderton and rider Corey Campbell.
It was hoped Gallant Boy’s little brother, Patrick Erin, would be in yesterday’s Melbourne Cup, but a high temperature ruled him out of the last qualifying event on Saturday.
It was left to Gallant Boy to fly the flag for his sire, Gallant Guru, and dam, Mega Babe, and he did not disappoint yesterday.
The galloper left his rivals with no excuses for being beaten as he gave them all head start at the top of the straight and carried the most weight of any horse in the race.
‘‘He has been in work a while and he had had two trials, but we haven’t been able to find a suitable race for him until now,’’ Anderton said.
‘‘He is a horse that we have struggled to get as much condition on as we would liked, but this time in he has been much better.
‘‘It is a long way off, but his main goal is the White Robe Lodge WeightForAge.
‘‘Tommy Tucker is back in work — we will have the pair of them heading towards it.’’
Rider Corey Campbell was the star of Melbourne Cup day at Wingatui for the second year in a row.
Campbell scored his first winning treble at last year’s meeting and went one better this year with four winners.
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Gallant effort . . Gallant Boy was one of multiple winners for trainers Brian and Shane Anderton and jockey Corey Campbell at Wingatui yesterday.