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One Above Rules the Provinces – Now She’s after a Super Title

August 26, 2013

There’s only one thing missing from the record of One Above (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Te Aroha trainer Lisa Anderson is full of confidence that final credit will be earned in the near future.

“Our aim is for black type this campaign and I’m really sure she’ll get it,” Anderson said. “I’m very pleased with her and she’s five now and just mentally and physically come into herself.”

One Above moved a step closer to a stakes assignment yesterday when she comfortably put away a strong ITM Interprovincial Challenge line-up in testing conditions at New Plymouth, her trainer hinting at a Group Three target next month.

“We definitely had concerns and she’s never been on a track like that before so she’ll know she’s had a race,” Anderson said. “We’ll see how she does and we might have a look at the Merial Metric Mile.”

Raced by her breeders The Oaks Stud, One Above was kept in touch with the pace by rider Matt Cameron and they swept to the lead 300 metres from home. The race was over from that point with the mare coasting clear to score by three lengths from Perfect Start (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) and Celtic Star (NZ) (Bachelor Duke). 

 “Lisa said she puts herself in the race and she was travelling sweetly the whole race,” Cameron said.

“She got through the going, but she’s not just a wet tracker and does go on top of the ground as well. The way she put that field away she’s got a really bright future and the Darcis just keep on going.”

Out of a Kingmambo half-sister to dual American Group One winner Tactile, One Above has now won five times from twelve starts and set up what could be a memorable week ahead across the Tasman for Anderson and her partner Grant McLeod.

They race the Colin and Cindy Alderson-trained pair of Montgomery, a runner next Wednesday in the Australian Hurdles at Sandown, and The Secret, who on Tuesday will make her Australian debut at Geelong.

Story from New Zealand Thoroughbred News