Brian Anderton Reflects On Patrick Erin

Veteran New Zealand trainer and breeder Brian Anderton has celebrated the Group One Metropolitan Handicap win of Patrick Erin with pride.

Patrick Erin winning the The Heineken 3 Metropolitan
Patrick Erin winning the The Heineken 3 Metropolitan Picture: Racing and Sports

It was the type of performance that Anderton knew Patrick Erin was capable of from the day he galloped him for the first time at his Wingatui base.

Bred and raised at Anderton’s White Robe Lodge, the seven-year-old son of resident stallion Gallant Guru caught Anderton’s eye early in the piece.

“He was a lovely young horse and I thought from day one that he had the makings of a really top stayer,” Anderton said.

“He was an immature type, so time was going to be his friend but the raw talent was there.”

Given plenty of time to strengthen and develop by breeder and co-owner Patrick Smith, whom the horse is named after, Patrick Erin commenced his career in 2016 and tasted success for the first time when successful over 1200m on his home track in June that year.

He quickly raced through the grades, winning ten of his 21 starts before Anderton took the hard decision to recommend to his connections that the horse would be better placed racing in Australia.

“I thought he could win a really good race in Australia, so we sat down with Patrick, his wife Jan and the other owners and recommended that they look at getting him into a good stable over there,” Anderton said.

Tragedy struck when Patrick Smith passed away four months ago without seeing his charge win at the highest level, a fact that made Saturday’s victory an emotion filled moment for Anderton.

Patrick Erin’s race record now stands at 11 wins from 27 starts and eight placings while his prize money of $645,454.

“I’m just delighted for Jan and the family that he did what he did on Saturday,” he said. “It’s been a tough time for them with Patrick’s passing so to get that win was very special.

“Jan was there to see it all unfold, so I’m sure when she gets back we will have a good celebration to look forward to.”

Anderton is philosophical about what effect Patrick Erin’s victory will have for his stallion Gallant Guru, who has been neglected by breeders in recent years.

“The phone might go this week but it’s been a bit lean for him of late,” he said.

“When you think of horses like Patrick Erin, his older brother Gallant Boy, Jackfrost, Coulee and Tommy Tucker he produces good, tough individuals that race on and have a fair bit of class about them.”

Patrick Erin (Gallant Guru x Mega Babe by Personal Escort) is out of the once-raced mare Mega Babe.

By Personal Escort, Mega Babe has produced six winners including Gallant Boy (Gallant Guru), who won eight times and was placed in G2 company, and Beijing Boy (Yamanin Vital), who also won eight races and was second at G2 level.

Their third dam Red’s Image (Approval) is out of the stakes winning mare Red Sash (Bellborough).
NZ Racing News

Randwick

Saturday, 29th September 2018

8
16:45
(local)

The Heineken 3 Metropolitan (G1)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 50.0kg Type: OPEN
AUD $755,000
2400m TURF GOOD
  • 1st AUD $435,500
  • 2nd AUD $141,000
  • 3rd AUD $74,250
  • 4th AUD $33,375
  • 5th AUD $18,375
  • 6th - 10th AUD $7,500
8
16:45
(local)
AUD $755,000
2400m GOOD

Laurels Function Centre Mdn

Age: 3yo and up WT: 50.0kg Type: OPEN
  • 1st AUD $435,500
  • 2nd AUD $141,000
  • 3rd AUD $74,250
  • 4th AUD $33,375
  • 5th AUD $18,375
  • 6th - 10th AUD $7,500
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 6. PATRICK ERIN (NZ) 7yo G
GALLANT GURU (AUS) - MEGA BABE (NZ)
COREY BROWN
CHRIS WALLER
$16.00
51.0kg
Mrs J R Smith, Est P E Smith, Miss J P Smith, G J Handisides & A C Handisides
2nd 10. BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) 4yo G
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - COLIMA (IRE)
KERRIN MCEVOY
CHRIS WALLER
$4.50
51.0kg
F W Cook, Mrs C M Cook, J T C Lake, N A Greenhalgh, Mrs M T Greenhalgh, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: N R J Werrett), Milo Racing (Mgr: T J D Merlehan), F E Ferrari, The Estate Of The Late Lindsay Carrucan, M S Burn, Walker Racing & Bloodstock (Mgr: L A Walker), R Smith, I Bruce & K H Warriner

Sales Information

3rd 15. SIKANDARABAD (IRE) 5yo G
DR FONG (USA) - SINDIYMA (IRE)
JYE MC NEIL
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
$26.00
50.0kg
Yu Long Investments (Mgr: Y Zhang)

Sales Information

4th 16. HIGH BRIDGE (GB) 7yo G
MONSUN (GER) - AMEERAT (GB)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
CHRIS WALLER
$5.00
50.5kg
5th 7. MIDTERM (GB) 5yo G
GALILEO (IRE) - MIDDAY (GB)
MICHAEL DEE
LIAM HOWLEY
$21.00
50.5kg
6th 1. AUVRAY (FR) 7yo G
LE HAVRE (IRE) - AMEYRAH (IRE)
TYE ANGLAND
R A FREEDMAN
$21.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

7th 5. SEDANZER (AUS) 5yo M
SEBRING (AUS) - VOLTDANZE (AUS)
TIM CLARK
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$12.00
53.0kg

Sales Information

8th 3. LIBRAN (IRE) 7yo G
LAWMAN (FR) - TRUE CRYSTAL (IRE)
HUGH BOWMAN
CHRIS WALLER
$16.00
56.0kg

Sales Information

9th 12. THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) 4yo G
ROCK 'N' POP (AUS) - SOPH (NZ)
JAY FORD
CHRIS WALLER
$21.00
51.0kg

Sales Information

10th 17. OPPOSITION (GB) 5yo G
DALAKHANI (IRE) - CENSORED (GB)
ANDREW ADKINS
CHRIS WALLER
$51.00
50.0kg

Sales Information

11th 8. ALWARD (IRE) 5yo G
AQLAAM (GB) - SHAREDAH (IRE)
KATHY O'HARA
CHRIS WALLER
$81.00
50.5kg

Sales Information

12th 11. SIN TO WIN (NZ) 6yo G
SIR PERCY (GB) - LEDAHEAD (NZ)
DEAN YENDALL
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
$21.00
50.0kg
13th 9. MISS ADMIRATION (AUS) 4yo M
SEBRING (AUS) - ADMIRING (AUS)
DEAN HOLLAND
MICK PRICE
$17.00
50.0kg

Sales Information

14th 4. WALL OF FIRE (IRE) 5yo H
CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) - BRIGHT SAPPHIRE (IRE)
JAMES MCDONALD
C MAHER & D EUSTACE
$15.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

15th 2. BIG DUKE (IRE) 6yo G
RAVEN'S PASS (USA) - HAZARAYNA (GB)
BRENTON AVDULLA
DARREN WEIR
$6.50
56.5kg

Sales Information

16th 13. NETTOYER (AUS) 5yo M
SEBRING (AUS) - CLEANUP (AUS)
MS RACHEL KING
WENDY ROCHE
$101.00
50.0kg

Sales Information

17th 14. JUST SHINE (NZ) 6yo G
MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) - SWEET SPIRIT (NZ)
ALYSHA COLLETT
CLARE CUNNINGHAM
$101.00
51.5kg
18th 18. JAKE'S HILL (GB) 4yo G
MOUNT NELSON (GB) - FLOWER MARKET (GB)
Y ICHIKAWA
CHRIS WALLER
$201.00
50.0kg

Sales Information

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