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Anamoe retires from racing and joins Darley Australia’s roster for 2023

Dave Murray

Anamoe, Godolphin’s most successful horse ever at G1 level, will retire to stud, becoming a Darley stallion for the 2023 season.

The four-year-old, who enjoyed a record nine G1 victories will join the roster at Kelvinside in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Over three consecutive seasons, Anamoe was a brilliant flagbearer for Team Godolphin and Australia’s head trainer, James Cummings, winning 14 (plus eight placings) of his 25 starts and earning prize money of more than $12 million.

Anamoe retires from racing as only the second Australian horse in more than 20 years to win a G1 at two, three and four.

As a juvenile, he was placed in the G1 Blue Diamond and G1 Golden Slipper Stakes before winning the G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes by an impressive three lengths.

At three, he won the G1 Caulfield Guineas before taking the G1 Rosehill Guineas by more than six lengths ahead of a controversial second place in the G1 Cox Plate when he suffered some interference from the winner.

Such performances captured the attention of racing enthusiasts worldwide and the Champion three-year-old continued his rich vein of form at four, winning six G1 races from 1,400m to 2,040m – including last year’s G1 Cox Plate.

James Cummings said: “Our team is proud of all he has achieved during his racing career. He has never let us down and has been there for us at every start. We wish him all the best in his retirement and we can’t wait to seeing his progeny coming through the stables in the years to come.”

“It has been an immense honour and privilege for our team to care for Anamoe and guide him through his racing career. His health has always been our top priority and we take great pride in retiring him in such excellent condition.”

Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia, expressed his delight at Anamoe’s addition to the stallion roster, noting that his impressive record, type and pedigree will make him a highly sought after by breeders.

“It is bittersweet to see Anamoe retire from the racetrack. As an iconic figure for Godolphin and the world of horseracing, he leaves a legacy that will not be forgotten and he has nothing more to prove.”

“The trifecta of performance, pedigree, and attitude are the most critical factors breeders consider and he possesses them all in spades. As he embarks on his new journey on the prestigious Darley roster, there’s no doubt that he is the most sought after and exceptional stallion Australia has ever seen.”