The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Cox...
Godolphin star Anamoe is after atonement second-up as the odds-on favourite in Saturday’s Hobartville Stakes 2022 at Rosehill Gardens.
The Caulfield Guineas winning Street Boss colt is the one to beat in the Group 2 $400,000 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) following a first-up loss in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at the track a fortnight back.
In his first start since the devastatingly close second behind State Of Rest in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in the spring, the James Cummings-trained Anamoe was under a length beaten when third to Overpass in the Expressway.
He was found out fresh over 1200m with excuses after getting crowded near the 600m, but is fit and ready to fire getting out to 1400m in the Hobartville from barrier nine with race specialist Hugh Bowman aboard.
Bowman has ridden five Hobartville Stakes winners to victory since 2003, most recently Kiwi galloper Aegon last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
The latest Hobartville Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have Anamoe listed at $1.75 and firming.
Cummings also saddle’s up $81 roughie Alegron in barrier four, the bred-to-stay Teofilo gelding having finished his spring campaign with a Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) third and Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) second.
Three of Anamoe’s rivals are also at single-figures in Hobartville Stakes betting including the $6 second elect Converge for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.
Tim Clark continues his association with the progressive Frankel gelding, winner of the Group 1 JJ Atkins over the Eagle Farm mile last winter.
Converge was first-up on February 5 at Randwick in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m), brave when only a length off third carrying 60kg behind Paulele.
Following closely in the markets are the fellow Waterhouse/Bott runner Silent Impact ($7.50) out wide in gate 13 and the Chris Waller-trained Ranch Hand ($8.50) with Kerrin McEvoy aboard in barrier seven.
Maurice three-year-old Silent Impact is lightly-raced having won three of his five previous starts and has the fitness edge racing third-up, but is as yet untested in Group company.
Ranch Hand meanwhile is a nicely-bred Fastnet Rock colt with form around the best sprinters in the spring having run fourth in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and fifth to Nature Strip in the VRC Classic down the Flemington straight.
He resumed in Sydney running a nice second in the Eskimo Prince Stakes, form that could hold in the Hobartville Stakes should Anamoe fail to dominate.
At time of publish there are three early scratchings from the Hobartville Stakes field with the Waller-trained duo of Giannis (10) and Mana Nui (14) along with the widely-drawn Bjorn Baker-trained War Eternal (15).
2022 Hobartville Stakes Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||121x1212x3||ANAMOE||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||9||56.5kg||114|
|2||621321x8x3||CONVERGE||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||11||56.5kg||100|
|3||025x15432x||ALEGRON||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||4||56.5kg||94|
|4||22x53011x5||HILAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||William Pike||1||56.5kg||94|
|5||200x1745x2||RANCH HAND||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||7||56.5kg||88|
|6||x752x190x0||GIANNIS||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||10||56.5kg||86|
|7||8x1164x8||MANA NUI (NZ)||Chris Waller||Chad Schofield||14||56.5kg||82|
|8||15111308×0||ROYALZEL||Gary Portelli||Brock Ryan||3||56.5kg||82|
|9||33x5164x||RAGING BULL||David Payne||Keagan Latham||6||56.5kg||80|
|10||33126x47x4||MAURICE’S MEDAD||Bjorn Baker||Joshua Parr||5||56.5kg||76|
|11||117×12||SILENT IMPACT||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Regan Bayliss||13||56.5kg||76|
|12||85x4380x50||SUBTERRANEAN||Matthew Dunn||Sam Clipperton||12||56.5kg||73|
|13||251x1651x9||KISS SUM||Tracey Bartley||Jason Collett||2||56.5kg||72|
|14||521x792x7||WAR ETERNAL (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||15||56.5kg||71|
|15||1337×41||FLYING CRAZY||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||Brenton Avdulla||8||56.5kg||69|
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