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Anna Lisa – finally shows some worth

Friday, August 10, 2018

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Three-year-old bay filly Anna Lisa offered very little in the Classic races where she finished out of the frame in both the 1000 Guineas and Jamaica Oaks. Such was also her fate in the Lotto Classic and as a result was left out of the Jamaica Derby and St Leger.

On July 26, the Adore The Gold offspring took part in a Restricted Stakes event over six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m) but again failed to impress when finishing in sixth position, behind by 14 lengths.

On Saturday (August 4, 2018), Anna Lisa finally came alive, upsetting rivals at odds of 18-1 in a six-and-a-half-furlong (1,300m) event by three-and-a-half lengths. Stable companion Cherokee Way (Aaron Chatrie) came second with Graydon (Vassel Najair) third. The winning time was 1:21.3.

After a couple of strides leaving the starting gates, Reigning King (Gary Richards) shot to the lead over Quantum Dancer (Anthony Thomas), who recovered well on the inside rails after a feeble start, and Harry's Train (Dane Dawkins) in the third slot.

Harry's Train took over ahead of Reigning King running the half-mile (800m) and that point, Anna Lisa was nowhere to be seen.

With several horses battling for the winning post in deep stretch, Anna Lisa got an opening on the inside rails and powered past horses inside the final furlong (200m) for the victory.

Following Anna Lisa's upset win, trainer Gary Subratie said that he was surprised with the total dominance by his charge.

“Excellent. She [ Anna Lisa] surprised me a little bit today (Saturday) as I never expected her to win that comfortably. I thought that she would run a decent race but I never thought that she would have won. I liked the grey horse a little bit more which was Cherokee Way but she [ Anna Lisa] ran a big race. I mean she was a horse that was always ahead of Cherokee Way but I am really happy with the run,” Subratie said.

Commenting on Cherokee Way's performance, Subratie said: “Good horse, she is improving, she is a nice filly and she has a lot of heart. She will get better as time goes on.”

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