The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

ANAMOE TOP OF YOUNG BRIGADE

- RAY THOMAS SIRES

JAMES McDonald described Anamoe as the “Rolls Royce of two-year-old racing” after the champion jockey secured the 50th Group 1 win of his career on the outstandin­g Godolphin colt at Randwick yesterday.

Anamoe was in a different race to his rivals, scoring a dominant win in the $1 million Inglis Sires (1400m).

It was a well-deserved Group 1 win for Anamoe after he had run third in the Blue Diamond and second in the Golden Slipper.

Anamoe might not be finished for the season just yet with trainer James Cummings wanting to press on to the Group 1 $500,000 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 24.

“I can’t see anything that would be around in the next two weeks that’s going to threaten Anamoe in the Champagne,’’ Cummings said.

“There are no certaintie­s in it, I think it’s just whether or not we’re comfortabl­e to run the horse again.

“But I would say this, it’s a long time to the Caulfield

Guineas in October and if that’s going to be our target race with him then we just have that strengthen­ing run over a mile before we put him away for a short break.”

Anamoe ($1.90 favourite) won easing down by nearly three lengths from Hilal ($13), with Captivant ($19) third.

“It is the first time I’ve ever sat on him and when I cantered around to the gates and pulled him up to a trot, I was thinking, ‘jeez he has got some stride on him this horse,” McDonald said.

 ??  ?? Nature Strip races clear to win the T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick yesterday and (right) winning jockey James McDonald.
Pictures: Getty Images
Nature Strip races clear to win the T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick yesterday and (right) winning jockey James McDonald. Pictures: Getty Images
 ??  ?? James McDonald on Anamoe (right) wins the Inglis Sires. Picture: Getty
James McDonald on Anamoe (right) wins the Inglis Sires. Picture: Getty

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