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Anamoe dominates in G1 Rosehill Guineas and Emanate thrills in the G3 Birthday Card Stakes

Dave Murray

Anamoe confirmed his status as a champion three-year-old in Australia when he won the G1 Rosehill Guineas over 2,000m at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 19 March in Sydney.

Last year’s Caulfield Guineas winner and Cox Plate runner-up avenged his unlucky second after racing well back in the Randwick Guineas two weeks ago when he turned the tables on Converge by nearly seven lengths in the Rosehill contest.

Beautifully rated and ridden by jockey James McDonald, Anamoe went on to win his third G1 and his seventh race at Stakes level from just 15 starts.

Godolphin head trainer James Cummings was thrilled by the performance.

“It was extremely satisfying, I’m almost speechless how good the horse was,” Cummings said.

“It wasn’t ideal what happened in the Randwick Guineas, but when he got to the right setup, he got the opportunity to show how good he was and he is a proper racehorse.

“One thing is for sure, he’s asserted himself as the best three-year-old around and that’s exciting.”

Anamoe's result was the pinnacle of a strong day for Godolphin, with Lonhro mare Emanate rocketing her broodmare value with an easy win in the G3 Birthday Card Stakes over 1,200m to end the meeting.

Out of former champion filly Guelph, Emanate took her record to six wins and six placings from 19 starts after beating Marboosha and Steinem by nearly five lengths.

“She’s one of the best-bred mares going around today and that’s a huge result to get her first Stakes win on the board, she becomes an extremely valuable mare for the (breeding) barn,” Cummings said.

“For a horse like her to get up and win a decent Stakes race like this, it vindicates the decision and it's a good result for the farm.”

Earlier in the day, Colette finished a game second in the G1 George Ryder Stakes behind Forbidden Love and smart three-year-old Bacchanalia signaled a successful preparation ahead when he resumed from a spell for a fine second behind Mazu in the Listed Darby Munro Stakes over 1,200m.