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Trinder steals the show in Launceston with a training treble

Trainer Adam Trinder stole the show in Launceston on Wednesday night with a treble and his in-form apprentice Erica Byrne Burke was a major contributor.

In Brief

  • Needs Toasting got the ball rolling for Trinder.
  • Anacreon sensationally backed.
  • Vivilici delivers best to give Byrne Burke a riding double.


Brendon McCoull got the ball rolling for the stable with a masterful ride to secure victory on Needs Toasting in the Ladbrokes Punter Assist Maiden over 1200m.

Byrne Burke then chimed in with two superb rides, the first aboard Anacreon ($10 into $4.60) in a maiden-class one over 1600m.

But the talented young rider saved her best for last with a gem of a ride to guide Vivilici to a stunning win in the Kreglinger Wine Estates Benchmark 68 Handicap over 1200m.

Trinder said he took Anacreon on board as a favour to a friend, Matthew Young.

"I didn't pay too much attention to her when she first arrived but as she progressed towards racing, I noticed she had a rating of so winning tonight was very important in terms of where she can be placed going forward," Trinder said.

Anacreon (Starspangledbanner-Reigning Lass) kept rolling forward towards the lead and eventually found the front and when Byrne Burke asked for the big effort she responded well and went on to comfortably defeat Freelancer and Kay Oh Ell.

"I asked Erica (Byrne Burke) to keep the mare rolling forward and to pick her fractions up from the half-mile (800m) to make it a genuine staying test and she carried the instructions out to the letter."

Byrne Burke had Vivilici ($4.20) settled just behind the speed in her race  and when a gap appeared in the home straight the mare burst clear and staved off all challenges to score from Red Helmet ($17) and the $2.70 favourite Red Letter Lady.

Trinder said Vivilici would continue to tackle the lower grade races, but he hasn't discounted the possibility of her being aimed at better-quality events further into the season.

"We are happy to just chip away at these type of races for the time being but if she is up and going over 7 f in February she may chance her hand at a race such as the Group 3 Vamos Stakes, but whether she is up to that is up to her."

Vivilici has won four and placed twice from only 13 starts for almost $110,000 in stakes, so she already has proven to be a good investment for her owners.

Watch Trinder's lightly raced four-year-old Needs Toasting win a maiden over 6 f in Launceston on Wednesday night.


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