Vandermeer gives Fulton home town Cup victory

Jan 02, 2018

Article by Peter Staples

LONGFORD trainer Alana Fulton celebrated a special win yesterday when her talented gelding Vandermeer powered his way to an effortless victory in the Longford Cup over 1800 metres.

Vandermeer settled midfield and three-wide without cover until apprentice Teagan Voorham slotted the eight-year-old gelding into the one-out position with cover while Miss Hussy set a sizzling pace in front.

But acting on the trainer’s instructions Voorham allowed Vandermeer to cut loose 600 metres from home and within the blink of an eye the gelded son of Excellent Art bounded three lengths clear and extended up the short home straight.

Carrying the light weight of only 51 kilograms with Voorham’s 3kg claim, Vandermeer ($7.50) hit the line six lengths clear of the heavily backed favourite Kanji ($3.70) that ran on well with Beaufort Lad ($4) a length away third.

“I’ve had some good wins but winning your home town cup is a bit special,” Fulton said.

“This horse is trained on the track and we were confident that he could win if Teagan (Voorham) could ride him as instructed and she did it to the letter,” Fulton said.

“We have a coupe of options and that’s to go to the Devonport Cup next Wednesday or the Brighton Cup in Hobart two days later but ultimately we’d love to give him a chance to run in the Hobart and Launceston cups.”