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Never mind the Golden Rose, the race towards the $15 million The Everest heated up at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday with Anders flying home in for an absolutely incredible win the Group 3 $160,000 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
The exciting Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Not A Single Doubt colt was engaged in a betting battle with the previously undefeated Peltzer ahead of their clash in the San Domenico, but was far too good for him and the rest of the three-year-olds in the field saluting over the 1100m in a race record time of 1 minute 2.67 seconds.
The classy chestnut just missed out on the track record set back in 2007 and made it three-from-three at the Rosehill track on the back of his 4.8 length romp home in the Listed The Rosebud (1100m).
That was run on a Heavy (9) and there were some talks about how the colt would go on a Good (4).
The doubters were quickly silenced however when Anders pushed forward from the jump flying out with great muster to clear the field comfortably and charge along by four lengths in front of Peltzer.
Having gone very quickly in the first half of the race reeling off incredible sectionals with James McDonald in the saddle, Anders sustained his speed all the way to through the line never showing any signs of slowing down.
With the front runner high-flying in the lead on the home straight, Peltzer gave chase trying to chip into the margin but was never catching the outstanding winner who had the fitness and speed edge over his five rivals.
Third went to the returning Golden Slipper – ATC Sires’ third-placegetter Mamaragan who got up late to round out the San Domencio Stakes trifecta.
Anders’ winning margin on the line was 3.3 lengths and co-trainer Ciaron Maher was full of post-race praise for the horse.
“What’s not to love when horses run like that?” an elated Maher told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“He’s very good. I was just saying to one of the owners he’s possibly our best and I was hoping he’d do something like that today.
“We have always had a very high opinion on him and I thought he could be a Magic Millions horse.
“You can just see the way he’s developed and matures from a two-year-old to a three-year-old colt, it’s a very big difference.
“He’s stretched, he’s strong.
“He was a little bit keen today, maybe I was too soft on him.
“He’s an exciting horse and the team have done a great job with him.
“They’ve turned him out today and he’s in impeccable order.
“He’s a pleasure to train and have anything to do with.”
The Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) takes place back at the track on September 26 and could be on the radar for Anders.
He has who firmed in from $26 to $14 in the all-in 2020 Golden Rose betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, despite Maher hinting at the shorter sprint features for their young stable star.
“I think he could (do something similar over 1200m),” Maher said.
“Last start, he relaxed very well and I was just mindful he was going form a Heavy track to a Good track and I just wanted to keep that ping in him.
“He looked like he revved up a little bit today but no, he’s very impressive.
“I wouldn’t be afraid to put him in any race. Because of his speed, I always thought the Moir at Moonee Valley at weight-for-age, he’d get a decent weight pull on the older horses.
“That would be the ideal sort of race for him.”
The Group 1 $1 million A.J. Moir Stakes (1000m) takes place at Moonee Valley on September 25 on the Friday night before the Golden Rose Stakes in Sydney.
Anders is now the equal $3.60 favourite in the pre-field Moir Stakes 2020 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au with Hanseatic.
“The Everest? You’d have to consider it,” Maher added.
“He’s very, very impressive.
“I can’t wait to have a look at the sectionals. To hold that speed…there’s not many horses that can hold those sort of sectionals and be strong on the line.
“It gets you going a bit.”
There is also now sure to be interest from The Everest 2020 slot-holders for Anders to run in the world’s richest turf race at Royal Randwick on October 17.
The youngster has been added to futures The Everest betting, led by Nature Strip ($3.20), at a quote of $12 to become the second three-year-old to win in as many years followed by the success of Yes Yes Yes for Chris Waller in 2019.
Last year’s San Domenico Stakes winner Exceedance (2019) went on to run third in the Golden Rose before winning Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) down the straight during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
In the pre-nomination Coolmore Stud Stakes 2020 odds Anders is now the $7 third elect behind Farnan ($5) and North Pacific ($6).
2020 San Domenico Stakes Results
|Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
|Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
|Ms Rachel King
|Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
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