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Ingratiating, Anamoe placed in G1 Blue Diamond Stakes

Mike Hedge

The Godolphin colts Ingratiating and Anamoe filled the minor placings behind the winner Artorius in Saturday’s Group One Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.

Ingratiating finished the closest of the two, three-quarters of a length from the winner, with Anamoe running on well for third, a further length and three-quarters away.

Jockey William Pike had Ingratiating in a striking position from the jump, three lengths off the leader and favourite Enthaar, while Anamoe dropped back from his wide gate to be among the last few until the 250m.

As the leaders shortened stride in the first juvenile G1 of the Australian season, Ingratiating began the chase, sprinting up from the 200m to join the lead with 50m to run.

But Artorius finished the stronger, weaving a path from near last to overpower his rivals and win convincingly.

Anamoe, who had been alongside the winner at the rear of the field for much of the race, ran on gamely to snatch third place.

Ingratiating’s rider William Pike said his colt had given his all.

“I had to get going after the leaders, maybe if I’d waited a few seconds more he might have finished closer. But he ran very well,” Pike said.

Anamoe’s rider Damien Oliver said the colt had performed creditably.

“He was just a bit new with the blinkers on first time. I think he’ll appreciate having a run in them and will improve second time with the blinkers on.”