Sires’ Produce Stakes: Anamoe finally lands Group 1 with an easy win

James McDonald described Anamoe as the “Rolls Royce of two-year-old racing” after the champion jockey secured the 50th Group 1 win of his career on the outstanding Godolphin colt at Royal Randwick.

Anamoe was in a different race to his rivals, scoring a dominant win in the $1 million Inglis Sires (1400m).

It was a well-deserved Group 1 win for Anamoe after he had run third in the Blue Diamond and second in the Golden Slipper.

Anamoe might not be finished for the season just yet with trainer James Cummings wanting to press on to the Group 1 $500,000 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 24.

“I can’t see anything that would be around in the next two weeks that’s going to threaten Anamoe in the Champagne,’’ Cummings said.

“There are no certainties in it, I think it’s just whether or not we’re comfortable to run the horse again.

“But I would say this, it’s a long time to the Caulfield Guineas in October and if that’s going to be our target race with him then we just have that strengthening run over a mile before we put him away for a short break.”

What a machine!

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Anamoe ($1.90 favourite) won easing down by nearly three lengths from Hilal ($13) with Captivant ($19) a long head away third.

McDonald said Anamoe had put the writing on the wall with his fast finishing second behind Stay Inside in the Golden Slipper.

“But to come and do that to good quality horses in a Group 1 is just incredible,’’ McDonald said.

“It is the first time I’ve ever sat on him and when I cantered around to the gates and pulled him up to a trot, I was thinking, ‘jeez he has got some stride on him this horse.

“He is a very enthusiastic colt, very push button. He is the Rolls Royce of two-year-olds racing.”

James McDonald eases down on Anamoe for a comfortable win in the Sires’ Produce. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Anamoe hasn’t missed a “dance” this autumn, finishing third in the Blue Diamond and second in the Golden Slipper before securing his major.

The Godolphin colt also won the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes and Group 2 Todman Stakes during his juvenile campaign.

“He’s just come through the best of the two-year-old races that are around. He’s graduated through all three of our stables, they’ve got their fingerprints all over this horse,’’ Cummings said.

“I’m just incredibly proud that he’s able to absorb the pressure of the Blue Diamond, the Todman, the Slipper and he turns up here and is just in absolute perfect condition.

“We were a bit tougher on him getting up to 1400m. In fact I’ve been tough on him his whole racing career and there’s nothing that I’ve thrown at him that has been too hard for him. He continues to just reach new heights every time I raise the bar.”

Adrian Knox Stakes: Another Cummings joins winners’ roll

They should rename the Adrian Knox Stakes the “Cummings Stakes”.

After all, Bart won it many times including with champion Leilani (1974), and his son Anthony has won the race with Miss Darcey (2009).

Then Anthony’s son James won the Adrian Knox last year with Colette and brother Edward added his name to the trainer’s honour roll when Duais won the Group 3 $200,000 fillies classic at Royal Randwick yesterday.

The impressive win of Duais was significant for another reason – it was Edward’s first stakes success as a trainer under his own name.

Cummings spent three years in a training partnership with his father before deciding to gamble and branch out on his own two years ago.

“It’s been a lot of hard work come to fruition,’’ Cummings said after Duais’s win.

“We’ve been working very, very hard the last two years.

“Duais has always been earmarked as a filly with a bright future. It’s interesting her half-sister Baccarat Baby started winning nice races just after she arrived at the stable so naturally the pressure was amped up a little bit more after that.

“But we were very thankful for the opportunity to potentially have a filly that could do something similar. It’s really nice that we’ve been able to set a goal, set a plan for her and thus far it’s all come off.”

Duais has added Edwards Cummings’ name to the list of Cummings names to have won the Adrian Knox Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Duais ($5), ridden by Hugh Bowman, scored by a half-length from Bargain ($18) with Flexible ($4.80 favourite, trained by James Cummings, just over a length away third.

Edward Cummings admitted he learned his brother’s playbook when setting the autumn program for Duais.

“My brother (James) set Colette virtually the same program last year,’’ he said.

Edward said there is every chance Duais will back up in the Group 1 $1 million fillies classic at Royal Randwick next Saturday.

Bowman is convinced Duais will run a strong 2400m if Cummings decided to back her up in the Oaks.

“Duais is going to make her presence felt in the Oaks next week if that is where they decide to go,’’ Bowman said.

“She has got staying filly written all over her. She is strong, she can stay, she settled well today, she joined in when I asked her to and she showed a lot of fight when she needed to – and she has a Cummings training her!”

Originally published asAnamoe simply awesome in Sires’ romp

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