Anamoe could on Saturday be crowned as Australia’s best and certainly most consistent stallion people and future stallion outlook with a win of $ 2 million. Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
After missing out on both Group 1 majors last season, being runner-up in Golden Slipper and third in Blue Diamond, the brilliant son of Street Boss has been ready for retaliation.
Anamoe has amassed $ 2m prize money in nine starts with four wins, including Group 1 Sires’ Produce, and four more rankings, three of which reached the highest level.
Godolphin Australia CEO Vin Cox said a Caulfield Guineas would be “just desserts”.
“He has effectively danced every dance except the Champagne Stakes,” Cox said.
“He competed in everything and still comes against us … it would just be desserts for a horse that keeps popping up and keeps putting in and not drawers, he should have another group 1.
“A Caulfield Guineas would just be amazing on his resume.”
It would also go a long way to resolving a stomach ache that goes back to the Golden Slipper.
Unlike the impressive Slipper winner Stay Inside, who had the cutest wheelchair races, Anamoe was forced to fall back to the penultimate after jumping off barrier 15.
He launched a desperate bid in straight to claw an impossible margin back and eventually fell short 1.8 lengths behind Stay Inside.
“Every time you look at that race, I certainly do, it makes you sick that he had to go that far back,” Cox said.
Anamoe began its spring campaign with victory in Run To The Rose. Image: Getty Images
A big draw raises some concerns again, but without a lot of speed in the race, Cox and coach James Cummings will rely on champion jockey Damien Oliver to try to find a place closer to the leaders.
Anamoe secured his biggest win (Sires’ Produce) with similar tactics, settled the midfield before running up to 300m and sprinted clearly to mark an emphatic performance.
“The barriers have forced our hand a little bit and again forced our hand on Saturday,” Cox said.
“We would very much like to have him back as far as in Slipper … I’m not saying anything about speed, but certainly more practical and having to remove the factor that falls back in races.”
Anamoe has eased $ 2.30 to $ 2.70 with TAB, but still has the biggest betting interest.
Blue Diamond winner Artorius is stuck around the $ 4 mark, while Tiger Of Malay ($ 9.50) is more than halved in price after opening at $ 21.
“Just as we (Artorius) have not had much luck in races and barriers (in the past), he is without a doubt a very serious racehorse,” Cox said.
“They are the dominant stallions out of the two-year-old season and look like they are very good three-year-olds.”
Anamoe is finished ahead of Artorius in two of three previous meetings.