IT’S ALL ABOUT ANAMOE
Although Saturday at Rosehill Gardens, Australia may be Golden Slipper day, star four-year-old ANAMOE is still most likely to be the main attraction in the $1 million George Ryder Stakes over 1500m.
ANAMOE is following a Winx-like autumn preparation, returning with stunning victories in the Apollo and Chipping Norton Stakes. Following Saturday’s George Ryder Stakes, it will have him primed for the $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000 meters) at Royal Randwick on April 8. Trainer James Cummings could have started ANAMOE in the Ranvet Stakes over 2000m on Saturday but opted for the shorter distance George Ryder Stakes. Cummings mused that the Ryder was opportune with his long-term goal to have ANAMOE at his peak for what is expected to be his final race start in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot in June.
ANAMOE has been at the fore of what is shaping as a career-best season for Cummings, who has already trained the winners of nine Group 1 races and nearly $25m prizemoney.
JAMES CHASING GROUP 1 DOUBLE
Thriving four-year-old UNCOMMON JAMES is poised to claim back-to-back Group Ones when he contests the $1 million The Galaxy over 1100m from Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Australia on Saturday.
Six-time winner from nine starts, UNCOMMON JAMES is third-up into his current preparation and was last seen winning his biggest race yet when scoring the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100m at Sandown’s Lakeside Racecourse. Prior, he was a narrowly beaten runner-up in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield.
UNCOMMON JAMES heads north to Sydney for the first time on Saturday, where he is yet to have raced, but reunites with jockey Damian Lane. The pair have come up with what looks an ideal barrier 4 with main danger, EDUARDO, drawn out wide in barrier 13.
LIVE TO TELL THE VICTORY
Trainer Simon Miller will be confident that two-year-old filly LIVE TO TELL can claim the $125,000 Listed Supremacy Stakes over 1000m at Ascot racecourse this Saturday.
LIVE TO TELL had trialled well prior to her debut in October last year, so it was no surprise to see her meet heavy market support. Giving a bold sight that day, the daughter of Territories looked every bit the winner before being caught in the concluding stages, beaten a neck into second over this track and distance.
Resuming off a four-month break, LIVE TO TELL has turned in an impressive recent trial, where she made all by nine lengths in a fast winning time of 59.62 seconds, suggesting she is ready to produce a big run first-up and will take a power of beating.