Last Call First

Jenny Anderson cannot recall the last time she had a runner at Albion Park.

One of the first females ever licenced to compete as a driver in Queensland, Jenny has had winners at The Creek previously, but it has been many years since she has ventured across Bramble Bay to contest a race.

“I cannot remember the last time I was here, I remember being here but I don’t remember what with, obviously something that was not much good, I couldn’t even guess to be honest” Anderson joked after the race.

However, the Redcliffe based Anderson knew her three-year-old filly Last Call had been going well enough in recent weeks to warrant a trip to town.

Last start, the filly settled at the rear after retreating from a wide gate before making good ground over the concluding stages.

“Her sectionals off the track last start at Redcliffe were brilliant,” Anderson said.

“I knew she would like this track because she struggles around the Redcliffe track.

“You just have to have the right horse to come.”

Last Call repaid the faith for Anderson making the trip, the filly charging home along the passing lane with Mat Neilson taking the drive.

Starting from barrier nine, Neilson angled the filly down to the markers, gaining the perfect trip three back along the inside.

With the race favourite Sheza Cracker looking for an all the way victory, as the field turned for home, Last Call looked in danger of losing momentum as Sista Bliss went past a stalling leader.

Neilson remained patient and angled the filly to the passing lane and once finding open space, Last Call charged hard over the last 100 metres to reel them in and claim a winning margin of a head over Sista Bliss for Shane Graham and Jaziah finishing in third place for trainer Leonard Cain.

Anderson still works full time, with her small stable keeping her ticking along with enough to do.

“I work full time so it makes getting out of bed at 4am much easier,”

“I just quietly go about my business, I don’t even have a towing vehicle, so I asked Greg (Franklin) would he bring me in, we’ve been friends for years,”

“And he has had a good night, he even got the trifecta.”

Anderson purchased the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark after four starts, earlier this year from Victoria for a modest sum.

“They wanted $5,000 for her and with the cost of transporting it up to Queensland, I offered $3,500 which they accepted” Anderson explained.

Placed in her first three starts following her arrival to Anderson’s Redcliffe stables, the filly broke maiden ranks in early August.

“After she won her first race for me, I sent them the remaining $1,500 because that seemed fair after I got her so cheap”

That goodwill has been paid forward for Anderson, winning another three races since that maiden breaking win.

Stopping the clock in a mile of 1.55.6 to set a new PB, Last Call has now won four races and been placed five times in just 12 starts under Anderson’s care.

“She’s been a wonderful filly for me.”

Considering that what she has achieved to date in her career, in just her first race preparation, the trip to Albion Park might be more frequent now for Jenny Anderson and Last Call.