Anika Lindenny realises potential

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Last week’s holidaying Canterbury racecaller Mark McNamara, who returned to Christchurch on Monday,  always had a bit of time for the big Christian Cullen maiden mare Anika Lindenny.

So much so he and wife Katie leased her from Lindenny Lodge breeders, Dennis Bennett and Linda Joyce, of Fernside, North Canterbury, in January.

Anika Lindenny, the latest winner for the Mark Jones stable, at Addington on Sunday, May 8.

Anika Lindenny, the latest winner for the Mark Jones stable, at Addington on Sunday, May 8.

Anika Lindenny had put in some eye-catching maiden runs, but her best efforts in 13 attempts when prepared by co-owner, Dennis Bennett, were three fourths.

Mark and Katie could see a win or two in her, and transferred her to the bigger Burnham stables of Mark Jones.

At her second run for the McNamaras’ from the Overport Lodge stable, she ran second to Julia Lady on the grass at Rangiora, then was freshened two subsequent midfield runs in February.

Anika Lindenny resumed without a trial in a C0-1 2000m stand start pace at Addington on Sunday, May 8, flew the tapes, trailed Jewelz at the 1400m and had the last say.

She was always travelling well for Ricky May and once she found clear air at the 150m, came clear of two C1 15m-line pacers in Going Going Gone and Best Defence.

She paced the 2000m in a smart 2:30.7 (2:01.2 mile rate), the leaders running their last 800m in 58.3s and final 400m in 28.6s.

The manner of the win suggests she can advance further and is likely to get her chance at C1 level at Timaru on Sunday.

Anika Lindenny has a bit of breeding on her side being from a two-win Falcon Seelster mare in Wings To Fly, a half-sister to former smart pacer Hippity Hop (10 NZ wins, 1:53.2, US).

Wings To Fly beat Smooth Crusa in an Addington maiden for Dennis and Linda from the stable of Tom Twidle, then won her second in the north for Cambridge trainer Nicky Chilcott.

Her first foal Aceman (1:59.9) won five, while Anika Lindenny is her second to race.

Anika Lindenny’s grand-dam Silk And Satin (TT, 1:59.5) won five in NZ and racked up placings in features such as a North Island Breeders Stakes, Great Northern Oaks, Ladyship Stakes and an International Classic 2YO Northern Hemisphere Time Final.

Silk And Satin also won another two in Australia and ran third in an El Dorado 3YO Fillies Final.

Besides leaving Hippity Hop and Wings To Fly, she’s the dam of six other individual winners including Galactic Council (1:52, US), the winner of 12 in NSW and a further 17 in the USA for $A224,444, and Saint Butler (1:59.4, six Aust. wins).

Another from Silk And Satin in Silky Atom is the dam of Crystal Journey (2:00.2, 11 wins & $A113,185) and Revamy (2:00.5, 10 wins & $A58,848).

By Jeff Scott