Stars shine at Warwick Farm trials

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Written by Trent Masenhelder

Cover image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

With the spring fast approaching, a host of Group 1 winners were put through their paces at Warwick Farm on Friday.

The first heat of the morning was stacked with class, with Anamoe (Street Boss {USA}), Cascadian (GB) (New Approach {GB}), Profondo (Deep Impact {Jpn}), Angel Of Truth (Animal Kingdom {USA}) and Duais (Shamus Award) – all elite level winners – contesting the 1000-metre trial on the course proper.

Angel Of Truth made the running with Anamoe sitting on his outside. Angel Of Truth skipped a couple of lengths clear as they swung for home, but James McDonald slipped Anamoe a bit more rein and he went on to score by a long-head. Angel Of Truth finished second, with Cascadian running on nicely to grab third, ahead of Profondo (fourth). Duais was given a very easy time and she finished seventh, 4.59l from the winner.

Anamoe won two Group 1s last season and was touched off by State Of Rest (Ire) (Starspangledbanner) in the G1 Cox Plate. He will again be aimed at the $5 million feature at The Valley on October 22.

Anamoe’s trainer, James Cummings, signalled the intentions for his star galloper earlier in the week, saying: “It’s going to be really important for him to hit the ground running this month when he runs first-up over seven (furlongs, 1400 metres) and that’ll set up a good foundation for his prep.”

“It’s going to be really important for him (Anamoe) to hit the ground running this month when he runs first-up over seven (furlongs, 1400 metres) and that’ll set up a good foundation for his prep.” - James Cummings

The triple Group 1 winner is set to resume in the G1 Winx S. (1400 metres) at Randwick on August 20, where he will come up against Spring Champion S. hero Profondo.

Richard Litt, trainer of Profondo, was pleased with the 4-year-old’s trial.

“He was good, he did what he hoped and we’re happy,” Litt told TDN AusNZ.

“We’ll see how he pull ups on Saturday morning, but all signs are good so far.”

Gallery: Some of the Warwick Farm trial runners, images courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Anamoe clocked 1:02.05 for the gallop, dashing home his final 600 metres in 36.47s on the Soft 7 track.

Later in the morning, one of the nation’s best sprinters, Eduardo (Host {Chi}), blew the cobwebs off with a nice trial win over 816 metres. Handled by Nash Rawiller, Eduardo stopped the clock at 48.85s, with his final 600 metres taking 34.50s.

Eduardo held a 0.75l margin, with Monte Ditto (Zoustar) second, while Cool Lad (Al Maher) was third.

The Joseph Pride-trained Eduardo is now nine, but still appears to have to have a great zest for racing. He won the G2 The Shorts first-up last time in, before finishing third in The Everest. He later won the $1 million Classique Legend S., before running third in the G1 Black Caviar Lightning. He rounded out his consistent campaign with a win in the G2 Challenge S., followed by a second in the G1 TJ Smith S.

Eduardo will represent Yulong in this year’s $15 million The Everest and is likely to resume over 1000 metres in the G3 Concorde Stakes at Randwick on September 3.

Elsewhere, Group 1 winner Snapdancer (Choisir) finished second to Malkovich (Choisir) in her 900-metre trial. Group 3 winner, talented 3-year-old Sebonack (Capitalist) was fifth in that trial, while Magic (Snitzel) – a brother to G1 Thousand Guineas victress Yearning (Snitzel) – was ninth.

And G3 Gloaming S. winner Head Of State (American Pharoah {USA}) had his first trial ahead of a spring campaign. The Chris Waller-trained 4-year-old finished sixth in Heat 7, 13.1l behind the winner He’s Super Lucky (NZ) (Super Easy {NZ}).

James Cummings
James McDonald