Australian Finale For Anamoe Before Royal Ascot Attempt

Godolphin’s decorated multiple Group 1 winner Anamoe (Aus) (Street Boss {Aus}) is aiming at the G2 Apollo S. at Randwick on Feb. 11 prior to the G1 Chipping Norton S. in his last Southern Hemisphere campaign prior to a crack at Royal Ascot, reported on Tuesday.

“His ultimate goal this year would be to get to Royal Ascot and so his autumn would revolve around that,” Cummings told the publication. “We’re looking at three to four runs in the autumn with him. We want to bring him over to Europe with plenty of residual fitness from his Australian campaign, we would like him to be full of stored energy by the time he gets there, so he can have his opportunity to produce his best run there.”

Last year’s G1 Cox Plate S. hero is eyeing either the one-mile G1 Queen Anne S. or the 1 1/4-mile G1 Prince Of Wales’s S. during the Royal meeting in June.

“He’d be more likely to run in a Queen Anne, but it wouldn’t hurt to have him nominated in both races, just in case you’d bump into a Baaeed (GB), then you would avoid the Queen Anne and the Prince Of Wales’s looks like the better option,” Cummings added.

“Having said that, both races are looking extremely strong this year and there’s no hiding at Royal Ascot no matter where you run. He’d be a little foreign up the straight over a mile for the first time in his career, but if he’s to win at Royal Ascot, then he’s going to have to deal with a foreign challenge.

“I’ve considered running him in the [G1] Lockinge [S.] a month beforehand and I haven’t completely given up on that, as it tends to be a clearly suitable lead-up to the Queen Anne but running him fresh off the plane has got its advantages too. I’d say the trip overseas would be the horse’s swansong.

“He’ll be ready to cover mares by the end of the year.”

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