Speed machine Anders raced into calculations for an Everest slot with a brilliant all the way win in the Group 3 $160,000 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill today.

James McDonald, above, steered Anders to an all the way win in the San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

James McDonald, above, steered Anders to an all the way win in the San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

Anders raced up to his last start four and three quarters lengths win on a heavy 9 track in the Listed $140,000 Schweppes Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill three weeks ago and dismissed claims that he was just a wet track specialist.

Back on top of the ground today Anders ran a sensational 1.02.67 secs for the 1100m and co-trainer Ciaron Maher said that the Not A Single Doubt colt will have no trouble stepping up to the 1200m of the $15m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 17.

 “I think he could yeah. Last start he relaxed very well. I was mindful he was going from a wet track to a good track so I wanted to keep that ping in him. James will give you a better indication. It looked like he revved up a little today,” Maher said.

 “I would not be afraid to put him into any race. Because of his speed, I always thought the Moir at Moonee Valley over the 1000m with a decent weight pull on the older horses would be an ideal race for him.”

“The Everest you would have to consider it. He was very impressive. I can’t wait to have a look at the sectionals. I was a little nervous when  he was peeling off 10s but to hold that – there are not many that run those sectionals and be strong on the line. It gets you going a bit.”

“Yeah that was very good. I was saying to one of the owners that he is possibly our best. I was hoping he would do something like that today.”

James McDonald let Anders ($2.80 equal favourite) stride to the front shortly after the start and he quickly established a five lengths lead in the middle stages.

Anders maintained that lead into the straight and his opposition hardly made any impression in the run to the line with runner Peltzer ($2.80 equal favourite) finishing three and quarter lengths behind the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained colt.

The John Thompson trained Mamaragan ($6) ran into third spot well ahead of fourth placegetter Every Rose ($31).

Anders is now marked at $12 for The Everest with Ladbrokes.com.au.



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