The Sportsman Weekend

Cementing a legacy

Anamoe is primed for Guineas glory

- ADAM SHERRY

AS a Group 1 winner, Anamoe’s eventual place on the Darley stallion roster is already assured but victory in the Caulfield Guineas will still have a huge impact on when time comes to return to his birthplace.

There are certain Group 1 races which perceived as being ‘stallion-making’ races – the Golden Slipper, the Golden Rose and the Caulfield Guineas are three of them amongst others.

Anamoe has been runner-up in two and the team at Godolphin are hoping colt can claim one of his own this weekend.

“It’s all about earning potential (for when they go to stud),” said Godolphin’s Managing Director, Vin Cox.

“The more you can build their resume, particular­ly in Group 1 races, that builds capital the stallion prospect.

“The internatio­nal recognitio­n of a Group 1 race gives you that barometer, that benchmark, is recognised around the world.

“Hopefully Anamoe can win this weekend and get one of the big stallion-making races on his resume.”

The classy colt was gallant in defeat when a long head second to In Congo in the Group 1 Golden Rose last start after having come from back field and wide on a track that did favour runners on the fence.

He was also second in the Golden Slipper in autumn after having to come from late.

“It’s not as though he has run poorly in any of the races contested so far. The barrier gods just haven’t been all that kind to him,” said Cox.

“While he has served up a fair helping of bad luck, he hasn’t had an equal helping of good luck.

“You would like to think things even out in time and hopefully it will.”

The son of Street Boss has again drawn a wide gate in barrier 15 but full field over the mile should ensure genuine tempo which will allow him to unleash his brilliant finish.

“While his runs suggest will appreciate 1600 metres, his pedigree tells you that too,” Cox said.

“His mother was an Oaks winner in South Australia and her best distance a mile a quarter while Street Boss is

very versatile stallion but best from seven furlongs to a mile.

“So Anamoe’s racing and breeding profiles lend themselves to make you think that his first try at a mile should be right in his sweet spot.

“Barrier 15 isn’t ideal but he has had to overcome it (poor draws) in the past and he is probably getting used to it.

“As we all know, he’s quite scintillat­ing when he lets down.”

 ?? ?? Classy Godolphin colt Anamoe is out to enhance his stud career when he lines up in tomorrow’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. Pic by Grant Guy.
Classy Godolphin colt Anamoe is out to enhance his stud career when he lines up in tomorrow’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. Pic by Grant Guy.

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