Anthony Warren aims to continue good run at Canberra

Anthony Warren will set Rubicon River for the 1000m Benchmark 60 Handicap at Canberra on Good Friday.

Sutton Forest trainer Anthony Warren isn’t one to rush his gallopers and he has started 2022 patiently, presenting only six horses to the races since January 1, but preparing three winners in the process. 

Warren was again in the winner’s circle at Canberra last Friday, with Easy Rosie taking out the 1200m Class Two Handicap, while Shaddy also finished third in the same race.

The astute trainer admitted he didn’t have a big team in work, but he explained that it was about finding the right race for the right horse.

“At the moment we have got 10 in work, but there are a few that are not up and racing, and we have a few babies that are getting ready for the races,” Warren said. 

“We don’t rush them either; we make a conscious effort to place them in winnable company and as they show more, we continue to place them where they are winnable but obviously at the same time, we are stepping them up in grade and distance.

“We try hard to do the right thing by our horses, and I’ve had some assistance from good people who have helped me to make sure we are putting them in the right races.” 

Easy Rosie’s win at Canberra was impressive, with the three-year-old leading from pillar to post for jockey Jeff Penza. 

“I was pretty confident with that one. I try not to go to the races too confident because they can prove you wrong pretty quickly, but she looked pretty hard to beat,” Warren said.

“She is a nice and progressive type and I know what she has under the hood. She is going around in TAB One country races, and she has won a showcase, and she has a very good record.”

Warren hopes to see Easy Rosie make the next step, with connections eyeing TAB Highway Handicaps and a potential tilt at the 2023 Country Championships.

“We are trying to look after her for the minute, but she has the makings of quite a good horse,” Warren said.

“She can do it over 1200m and over 1600m. She is one of the most clean-winded horses I’ve seen, and she can hold that sustained run.

“She will be going to a Highway at some stage, but I haven’t mapped that out, but there are a few options and if she keeps improving, she is our Country Championships horse.”

The South East stable will hope to continue their good run of form at Canberra on Good Friday, with Rubicon River set to contest the 1000m Benchmark 60 Handicap. 

The four-year-old returns from a 12-week freshen-up, and with Jeff Penza aboard, Warren is confident of a strong showing. 

“He is just coming off a Warwick Farm trial, and after running third to Crazy Train and Kementari, you would like to be confident, but he is a funny horse and tough old bugger and if he is on, he will be on,” Warren said. 

“Plus, you know Jeff is going to get as much out of him as possible. He has won from a wide gate before, and with the light weight and a good jockey, he won’t know himself and as long as he is on, he should be a good chance.”

The Rubick gelding was an impressive winner at Gundagai on New Year’s Day, and following a minor injury at his next start, Warren said Rubicon River was ready to return at Canberra.

“He actually pulled a shoe off in the float and put a nail through his hoof after his last run,” Warren said. 

“We had to put him on penicillin and couldn’t run him because that swabs, so we put him out for a while and got him right gain.

“I expected him to run better that day at Canberra, but I think he jarred up a bit and he is one of those horses that needs some convincing and he will only give you as much as he needs to and Jeff should get the most out of him,” Warren said.

It is an exciting time for the Warren yard, who also has an apprentice ready to debut, with Olivia Chambers working hard with the Sutton Forrest team ahead of her first ride in the coming months.

“Olivia Chambers has been doing all their work and she is going really good,” Warren said.

“She has eight trials to go, and she will be racing soon, and she deserves every chance.”

It’s another huge day at Canberra on Good Friday, with the club hosting the only race meeting in NSW/ACT and one of only five meetings across the country. 

The 1300m Benchmark 70 TAB Highway headlines the meeting, with the $34,000 race attracting some very good South East gallopers. 

For full fields, click here and for tips, see below

Canberra Tips 15/4/22

Race 1 – Best bet: 3, Best value: 5

Race 2 – Best bet: 12, Best value: 9 

Race 3 – Best bet: 6, Best value: 12

Race 4 – Best bet: 6, Best value: 7

Race 5 – Best bet: 5, Best value: 8 

Race 6 – Best bet: 8, Best value: 5

Race 7 – Best bet: 4, Best value: 7

Race 8 – Best bet: 3, Best value: 6