Trainer Robert Anderson is looking forward to getting back to the track around familiar faces as he saddles up his first runners as a trainer at Wagga on Monday.
The former leading amateur jockey will be represented by Bonosa and Chloe’s Puppet – two horses that until recently raced under the name of his late wife, Trish, as trainer.
The racing industry will be urging both horses on to do well and there will be no shortage of support for Anderson and his family after Trish lost her battle with cancer just prior to Christmas.
Emotions will be running high especially for jockey Brad Clark, who is a close friend of the family, and will ride both horses.
Anderson hopes both horses can run well.
“Bonosa races in our red and green colours and Chloe’s Puppet is in my Dad’s old colours,” Anderson said.
“You would love them to get a nice run and everything fall into place and they run well.
“They haven’t raced for a month so we will have to wait and see.”
Anderson rode close to 300 winners as an amateur jockey and has started his training with four horses that he and Trish worked together.
Getting back to the races and into a routine is something Anderson is looking forward to.
“The racing industry has been really good and especially Racing NSW,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the track, but not to the hot weather as it’s supposed to be in the 40s on Monday.”
Chloe’s Puppet is named after the couple’s daughter Chloe and has run third at big odds of 200-1 at Wagga while Bonosa is a winner during her brief career.
One of the stable’s main clients Noel Sargent races Chloe’s Puppet with Anderson’s mother Cheree, while a larger syndicate own Bonosa.
Cheree Anderson formerly trained in Alice Sprigs where she has the rare honour of training the program.
Chloe’s Puppet is well named being from the mare, Marionette.
“She has run two placings. The races are a bit harder than what they have been in so we will see how they go,” he said.