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Godolphin’s success in the Run to the Rose continued at Kembla Grange on Saturday as short-priced favourite Anamoe moved one step closer to following in stablemate Bivouac’s footsteps.
The blue colours completed the Run to the Rose – Golden Rose Stakes double two years ago and appear a strong chance of making history again with the Group 1 winning Street Boss colt.
After being pushed to the fence early, Anamoe was ridden a peach by James McDonald as the pair got clear out wide before finally wearing down In the Congo just before the line.
The lightly-raced colt stamped himself as a major spring player earlier in the year when he ran third to Artorius in the Blue Diamond, followed by his second career win two starts later at Randwick over 1200m in the Todman Stakes.
The three-year-old went on to wrap up his autumn a clear second in the Golden Slipper to Saturday’s rival Stay Inside, before finally claiming a Group 1 not long after with a three-length win to Hilal in the Sires’ Produce Stakes.
As if the future wasn’t already bright, James Cummings’ promising youngster will head to the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes as the $2.10 favourite (in from $3.60) with Ladbrokes bookmakers in a fortnight’s time at Rosehill.
“Champion 2yos like him need to come back and be going just as good when you want to go on with the goals that we’ve got. He’s just really pleased us in the last ten days,” Cummings said.
“He has got his act really together and luckily we were able to give him a good grounding this time in work, so much so that even though we had that little setback, we were able to arrive here fit enough to be performing so strongly and reeling in a race fit horse like In The Congo.”
In The Congo stuck on well for second after leading for most of the way, while Remarque, who jostled himself into favouritism before the jump, also looks a genuine Everest contender after working home well for third.
“These are top-class colts aren’t they and every time these sorts of colts step out and run in races like these, they improve their value and their reputations as they should,” Cummings added when asked about the quality of the field.
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