Wilson’s successful gamble with 5yo mare

Anacapri (Jason Waddell) showing a touch of class when winning on debut yesterday.

Anacapri (Jason Waddell), with ears pricked, showing a touch of class when winning on debut yesterday.

Cambridge owner-trainer David Wilson is lucky he accepted an offer from Marton trainer Gloria Kenny last year to take an Alamosa mare.

That five-year-old daughter of Alamosa is Anacapri, who was bred by Kenny’s partner, the late Jack Georgetti, and his son, Geoff, and traces back to the Georgetti’s wonderful Havering family.

“She was sitting in a paddock and Gloria Kenny said she had too many horses and asked if I was interested in taking a couple,” said Wilson. “I didn’t say no. I’ve always liked that breed,”

Anacapri made the gamble worthwhile when she won on debut at Avondale yesterday like a horse with a very bright future.

She worked across from barrier seven in the eight-horse field and was taken straight to the front by rider Jason Waddell. She then lengthened her advantage on entering the home straight and, though still obviously with a lot to learn, she won with her ears pricked, scoring by two and a quarter lengths from the Stephen Marsh-trained Al Vandaam, who was having her third start.

Making her effort even more impressive was the time for the 1200 metres of 1:10.58. It was only slightly bettered later on the programme by the stakes-placegetter and winner Mystery Show (1:10.24). In comparison the other maiden winner over 1200 ran 1:11.38 (Morweka).

Waddell had been confident of a first-up win from Anacapri after winning a trial on her at Matamata earlier this month.

“She gave me a great feel at the trials and I was pretty confident if she could strike a weaker 1200-metre race first-up she could win,” he said. “It’s great for Dave. He’s only got a couple in work at Cambridge and it’s great to get a winner for him.”

Wilson was more reserved over Anacapri’s chances yesterday. “I was hoping she would go well, but I didn’t expect her to go that well,” he said.

However, it hasn’t been all plain-sailing for Wilson with Anacapri. “She was a bit of a tart at the start,” he said.

Anacapri is from Bexley, an Honor Grades mare who whose seven wins included a Group Three at Ellerslie and was also Group One placed when fourth on the same track. Bexley is a granddaughter of Havering, being from Westend, who won four races.

Jack Georgetti died four years ago after a lifetime of success with racehorses reaching back to the 1960s with the top fillies Brazil and Havering.

Brazil’s wins included the New Zealand and Great Northern Oaks and her line has produced a stream of winners, among them Ligeiro (Auckland Cup, ARC Queen Elizabeth and Avondale Guineas) and Cruzeiro (Gr.2 Awapuni Gold Cup and third in the Gr.1 Doomben Cup). Another major winner from another of his breeds was the Gr.1 Avondale Cup winner Creil.

The line of Anacapri’s third dam, Havering, has been responsible for plenty of black-type stars. The Cuddle Stakes winner has Globetrotter, Valley Of Carome, Key Dancer, Kew and Daisy among her descendants.

Globetrotter won 10 races in NZ and Australia and went on leave winners as a sire. His wins included the Gr.2 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes and he was third in the Gr.1 VATC Elders Mile and Gr.1 Avondale Guineas, the latter when trained by the late Clem Bowry. Kew won the Gr.2 Cambridge JC Travis Stakes at Te Rapa

Anacapri became the fifth winner for Bexley with the best, so far, being Devonshire Duke, who has won seven races in Australia. Anacapri’s brother, Triumphant Light, has been a winner in Hong Kong and in NZ as Be The Most.

The manner in which Anacapri won yesterday suggests she could eventually shine as the best of Bexley’s progeny.