Escamillo upgrades family at Sandown

Victorian based Dr Greg Anderson bred Escamillo from a family without any recent black-type updates but that will change come the spring carnival.

Escamillo (2c Hard Spun – La Carmencita by Rancho Ruler) won the Samson Hcp (1400m) at Sandown Lakeside on Saturday collecting $48,000 in prizemoney and a Super VOBIS dividend for his owner-breeder.

Anderson has been breeding from the family for three generations.  Escamillo’s dam La Carmencita was a Moonee Valley winner for him in 10 starts while second-dam Tuddenham (Rare Pearl) only got as far as a Wangaratta maiden in 8 starts.

Tuddenham was one of 4 winners Anderson bred from Mattishall (Labienus).  The best of them was her older brother Dereham who won city races in Melbourne and Brisbane in 1995-96.

Escamillo is by Darley Victoria stallion Hard Spun and trainer Mick Kent is keen on his chances in better company.  “He’s always shown ability and will be better over longer trips,” Kent claimed.  “He is a big striding horse and can use that to his advantage.

“We could keep going towards the (Listed) Taj Rossi Stakes at Flemington or he can go for a break now and come back for races like the (G3) Caulfield Classic.”

Anderson and Kent also have a 2yo half-brother to the Sandown winner named Berganza.  He is by former Darley sire Shaft and impressed trackmen in a Cranbourne hit-out last Monday.