Anamoe's destiny fulfilled by patience, persistence and pedigree

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Anamoe's second Group 1 success in Saturday's Caulfield Guineas provided a huge boost across the entire Darley/Godolphin operation, which has invested significant time and effort in building the international breeding careers of both his sire Street Boss (USA) and his dam Anamato (Redoute's Choice).

Cover image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

By Street Boss (USA), a multiple Group 1-winning shuttle son of Darley's own hugely influential stallion Street Cry (Ire), and out a Group 1-winning Redoute's Choice mare, it would be easy to categorise Anamoe's ascent to status of dual Group 1 winner and Australia's leading 3-year-old as pre-destined.

But while the Godolphin and Darley success story may be built on elite international pedigrees, it is the work of everybody from stallion handlers to head trainer James Cummings which realises the potential of the athlete.

Reflecting on Anamoe's latest win, John Sunderland, stud manager at Godolphin's Woodlands Stud, where Anamoe was foaled on November 16, 2018, said there are so many people involved in the latest Group 1 success.

Anamato with Anamoe as a foal

"It’s exciting for the whole team, he's a horse that touches everybody right through from breeding all the way through to racing. The whole team has been involved with this horse," he said.

"It’s exciting for the whole team, he's (Anamoe) a horse that touches everybody right through from breeding all the way through to racing." - John Sunderland

"Anamoe was conceived at Northwood Park in Victoria and he came to us here (at Woodlands) to be foaled and raised. He was then part of the racing system, so he went to Kelvinside. He's then spelled back at Northwood Park and spent time at all our racing stables. It’s truly a team effort and everyone can take a lot of pride in that."

Anamato a global story

It's a similar story, albeit on a global level, for his globetrotting dam Anamato. Impeccably bred from the tremendously successful broodmare Voltage (Whiskey Road {USA}), she was raced by her breeders Royce and Julie Ritchie with trainer David Hayes.

A winner of the G1 Schweppes Oaks, she was also placed in a trio of other elite races, including a G1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park, a performance which gave her already impressive pedigree page an international flavour.

For a Darley operation which had recently put down a massive marker of its Australian ambitions with the purchase of Woodlands Stud in 2008, she represented an ideal acquisition. Henry Plumptre, Darley's Australian general manager at the time, described her as having considerable 'international currency'.

Darley already owned her half-sister Eldarin (Marauding {NZ}) and added Anamato to its broodmare band via a substantial private deal, sending her to Kentucky to be mated with rising star stallion Street Cry.

Anamato when racing | Image courtesy of Sportpix

That mating was not successful and she was then sent to Europe to be mated to another rising Darley star in Dubawi (Ire), twice, producing two unraced fillies, before heading to Shamardal (USA), with whom she would produce the stakes winner Anamba (GB). She would have one more Northern Hemisphere foal, the winning New Approach (Ire) filly Amuletum (GB), before arriving back in Australia in August 2014.

A trio of matings with Champion stallion Lonhro followed, with the second producing her first Australian winner, Amitto, before she was sent to Northwood Park to visit Street Boss in 2017.

A decisive moment

It was that mating which proved decisive not only for Anamato as a broodmare but also arguably Street Boss as a stallion, as the resultant colt is now destined to carry on his legacy on the Darley roster for years to come.

"It’s been a fantastic journey, and it’s been a while in the making. She (Anamato) was born here, raced here and overseas and then after coming back, was then retired as a broodmare in Europe," Sunderland said.

"She was able to make a mark over there, having a stakes winner by Shamardal and she has now come back and produced Anamoe.

"It’s been a fantastic journey, and it’s been a while in the making." - John Sunderland

"She's also got some exciting ones to come. She's got a lovely Shooting To Win 2-year-old (Dartboard) that has gone into work and she is now in foal to Blue Point, who is a son of Shamardal, which is a three-quarter relation to the very good mare, Anamba, up in Europe."

Anamato is in the foaling paddock at Woodlands and is set to foal any time in the next two weeks, and will then head to Street Boss, who has relocated to Darley Kelvinside this year.

John Sunderland, stud manager at Godolphin's Woodlands Stud | Image courtesy of the Muswellbrook Race Club

Meanwhile, Anamoe's two half-sisters by Lonhro, Amitto and Outline, were both retired off the track earlier this year and have also visited Street Boss.

"It's obviously a cross that works well and continues to look better every time Anamoe goes to the racetrack. They are both nice Lonhro fillies and we look forward to that next generation coming through in the next few years," Sunderland said.

Powerful Voltage

Anamoe is the sixth Group 1 winner descended from Newhaven Park-bred blue hen Voltage. She not only produced Anamato, but also G1 Oakleigh Plate winner Drum (Marauding {NZ}) and Listed winner Port Watch (Star Watch).

As well as Anamoe, Voltage's daughters have produced Group 1 winners Grand Armee (Hennessy {USA}) and Dealer Principal (Flying Spur), while Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel {NZ}) provided a third generation of Group 1 winners in that family. Across those three generations, there are an incredible 14 stakes winners from 120 runners.

Street Boss (USA) | Standing at Darley

While it took a bit of patience for those powerful genetics to come to the fore with the Australian-bred progeny of Anamato, Sunderland always had faith that she would produce a very good one.

"She's a very good-looking mare herself and most of her progeny are as well. Anamoe was always a standout. I know it sounds easy to say now, but as a physical, he always stood out. It's not surprising when you consider how good-looking a mare she is," he said.

"Anamoe was always a standout. I know it sounds easy to say now, but as a physical, he always stood out." - John Sunderland

Sunderland believes that physically Anamoe owes equal parts to both his sire and dam and that could be another asset when it comes his time in the breeding barn.

"His mum is quite a dark brown and Street Boss is a chestnut. Anamoe is a bay and you’d say he is the combination of both parents. There's some good looks there from both sides of the family," he said.

"It’s very exciting when your whole business is developing these very successful colts to go on and be stallions. If they are good-looking it adds to it."

Beyond his years

As a November 16 foal, there would have been those who doubted Anamoe could come out and do what he did at two. He debuted 12 months ago to the day, in the Listed Debutant S. where he finished fifth before improving to win the Listed Merson Cooper S. two days before he would turn two.

His busy autumn campaign saw him win or place in all five autumn starts, winning the G1 Inglis Sires' and the G2 Todman S. and running second in the G1 Golden Slipper S. and third in the G1 Blue Diamond S.

His three runs to date in his 3-year-old campaign have seen him win the G2 Run To The Rose, run second in the G1 Golden Rose, and now win the G1 Caulfield Guineas, all well before he officially turns three.

In fact, in winning on Saturday he became the youngest Caulfield Guineas in 20 years, since Lonhro, who was foaled on December 10, stormed to victory.

Anamoe joins the likes of recent Godolphin Group 1 winners Bivouac and Colette (Hallowed Crown) as successful November foals.

"There is a lot of pressure to get these early foals and I understand the commercial reasons for that but here we have a colt that was foaled on November 16, he raced in the Slipper and he was up and running early and has come on through and been one of the top horses in his crop," Sunderland said.

"So often it doesn't matter when they are born, as they will mature quick enough to do it if they are ready."

"So often it doesn't matter when they are born, as they will mature quick enough to do it if they are ready." - John Sunderland

Anamoe's next step could be the G1 Cox Plate, where he is again looking to create history. No 3-year-old born later in the season has won the Moonee Valley feature since 1980, when foaling dates were recorded by Studbook.

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