Capo Dell Impero & Inflamed on to bigger goals after victories
By Jonny Turner
Impressive victories have earned Capo Dell Impero and Inflamed shots at feature races at Riccarton.
Inflamed (Ghibellines-Ortem Fire-Gallant Guru) relished her step back into graded racing when running out a strong 1600m at Riverton.
Capo Dell Impero (Ghibellines-Gallant Babe-Gallant Guru) ran to a commanding victory in his first try at 2000m at Riccarton.
Both horses are bred on the golden Ghibellines-Gallant Guru cross, both thrived when racing in blinkers and both will be aimed at the big meeting at Riccarton on Saturday.
Capo Dell Impero will be joined by Exchange (Ghibellines-Swapping-Encosta De Lago) and Burgie (Ghibellines-Norah-Gallant Guru) in the Brian and Shane Anderton stable’s three-pronged attack on the Group Three Canterbury Gold Cup.
“He has been running good races all season and it was good to see him win that one on Saturday,” Brian Anderton said.
“The blinkers helped him settle a bit handier and he ran it out strongly.”
“It was his first go at the mile and a quarter and he should only improve off that.”
“He has earned himself a go at the Canterbury Gold Cup.”
“It might be hard on him if he wins it, with it being weight-for-age but you don’t get to run for $100,000 too often down here so you have got to have a go at it.”
Inflamed will step back into stakes company after comprehensively winning at Riverton.
The filly will head to the Listed Warstep Stakes to have her first try at 2000m.
“She was hitting flat spots in her races, so we put the blinkers on and it helped her concentrate the whole way.”
“She is a filly we have always thought very highly of.”
“She has run out a good mile and hopefully she will run out the mile and a quarter strongly.”
“If she happened to go a very good race we would look at our options with her.”
“Some of the better races in Australia are only a plane trip away.”
Rosy Clark (Ghibellines-Nancy Wake-Personal Escort) was also on the winner’s list at Riverton for the Anderton stable.
The mare thrived when stepping back to 1200m in a Pearl Series event.
“She had been getting there a bit too early but Kylie (Williams) had to ease her back from the draw to get her off the rails.”
“She really deserved that win, she had been going well in herself without getting all the luck.”
“Hopefully she can keep running good races, she will go a bit further into the winter.”
Archerfield (Ghibellines-Gurtie-Gallant Guru) running to his third career win at Ashburton and Caledonie (Ghibellines-Maenoha-Bachelor Duke) scoring at Wanganui have both kept up Ghibellines outstanding form recently, too.