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Anamoe will try to become the first three-year-old to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Anamoe de Godolphin, one of Australia’s top colts, is aiming for the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. (Godolphin website)

By Leslie Wilson Jr.

Published: Fri 8 April 2022, 12:07

Last update: Fri 8 April 2022, 12:26

No border is too far or inaccessible for Dubai’s ambitious Team Godolphin who are chasing a pair of high-profile wins on opposite sides of the globe – Australia and America – on Saturday.

The all-conquering team, which last week revealed the global reach of its operation, with success in Japan and Europe, is responsible for the best chances in races in both hemispheres.

Three-time Group 1 goalscorer Anamoe, who has established himself as one of Australia’s top colts, faces class rivals in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) over 2,000m at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

A clever winner of the G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes, G1 Caulfield Guineas and G1 Rosehill Guineas, Anamoe offers to build on that success by sweeping everything in front of him in what is dubbed the “Fall Carnival Race”.

However, the Street Boss son faces his toughest mission yet when he comes up against eight of Australia’s weight-for-age rivals.

Tommy Berry circles Anamoe, having linked the colt with his G2 Hobartville Stakes victory at Rosehill three starts ago, while champion jockey James McDonald remains loyal to his Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant,

However, Godolphin handler James Cummings issued a cautious warning: “Don’t underestimate the importance of the jockeys’ tactical battles and the us they’re going to need.

“It goes without saying that tactics will be decisive. We have seen this in many Queen Elizabeths. Talking to Tommy yesterday, I know he has quite a lot of self-confidence. The more he deepens his preparation, the more focused and professional he becomes. That’s what you want to see in a horse,” he told Godolphin’s website.

Anamoe will also be looking to become the first three-year-old to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes against older horses since Intergaze achieved the feat 25 years ago.

“I don’t want to put pressure on the horse, but I have to say I was even happier (after track work) than leading the (G1) Cox Plate,” Cummings said.

“We know history is against the horse and we are well aware of the effort that is going to be required to beat them.

“That’s why we chose the (G1) Queen Elizabeth. We want to challenge the horse and prove that he is not only the best of his age, but also the best in the country.

Cummings is assembling a strong team for the fall highlight in Sydney, including Honeycreeper (G1 Australian Oaks, 2,400m), Colette (G1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes, 1,600m), Emanate (G2 Sapphire Stakes, 1,200m m), Paulele and Bacchanalia (G2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint, 1,200m), Ojai, Magic Carpet and Kin (G2 Percy Sykes Stakes, 1,200m) and Zethus (Listed South Pacific Classic, 1,400m).

Meanwhile, Dubai World Cup winning first handler Bill Mott saddles Godolphin’s Speaker’s Corner in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aquaduct Racecourse, New York.

Last year Street Sense’s son Godolphin failed to make his racing debut in a field that included Hot Rod Charlie and Midnight Bourbon, second and fifth at the Dubai World Cup (G1) last month at Meydan Racecourse.

However, he has won his last two starts at Gulfstream Park, including the Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes (G2), and is poised for success at the premier level.

“I want to give him an opportunity in a 1st year business and we seem to have some rhythm with him now,” Mott told Bloodhorse. “He broke his young daughter and won a seven furlong allowance race, so we’ll see how that goes.”

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