The 2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate market has taken another turn after Godolphin’s classy colt Anamoe won the $2 million Caulfield Guineas on Saturday.
The son of Street Boss got into as short as $2.10 ahead of the stallion-making race and did not disappoint when Damien Oliver asked something of him down the straight.
After tracking into the race from mid-field, the pair found top gear over the final 300m to fend off the Snowden-trained Captivant, who bravely went toe-to-toe with the favourite.
The win marked Anamoe’s second Group 1 after claiming the Sires’ Produce at Randwick during the autumn where he put paid to his rivals over 1400m to win by nearly three lengths.
Like most, the step up to the mile looked to be the only query, but after just missing out in the Golden Rose a fortnight prior, the chances of him seeing out the extra trip appeared likely.
“This is a grand final target, he always seemed in the mold of a horse that would relish the mile,” Godolphin stable representative Sean Keogh told Racing.com.
“Even as a two-year-old he was always that type of horse and to produce an effort on the day like that is just a huge effort from the team.”
The win was also a memorable one for Oliver, who won the Guineas for a second time after riding Centro to a victory way back in 1990.
“It’s a long time in between drinks, isn’t it?” Oliver joked.
“We had a nice run three-wide without cover, but he never really took me into the race, I was sort of just at him to switch him on.
“Then when he got to the front he sort of pricked his ears, he’s like a lot of good horses, he knows he’s good and he pricks his ears for the camera.”
As a result, Anamoe has now entered Cox Plate calculations and has seen a tidy trim in the market from $12 into $8.00 with Ladbrokes.
Captivant did extremely well to find the money, while the well-fancied Artorius flashed home late for third after finding himself towards the rear at the turn.
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