Mighty courageous display from Anamoe

Gritty performance lands Godolphin star another Group 1

ANAMOE winning the Might And Power at Caulfield in Australia.
ANAMOE winning the Might And Power at Caulfield in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Anamoe reigned supreme, but Saturday's $1 million The Might And Power only heightened enthusiasm for the race it was billed as an entrée to, the $5 million Cox Plate (2040m).

The James Cummings-trained four-year-old notched a sixth career Group 1 win when rallied after appearing beaten to score a thrilling win over I'm Thunderstruck and Zaaki in the 2000-metre Group 1 contest.

Cummings was relieved to see the son of Street Boss rebound after pulling up lame following his Group 1 George Main Stakes win and is now excited about what may transpire at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day, October 22.

"He had to be the champion and he's a serious racehorse," Cummings said of Anamoe, who was narrowly beaten in last year's Cox Plate.

"We're well and truly in business for his Grand Final."

The win was the most gutsy of a career that started on this raceday two years ago and also includes Caulfield Guineas success at the corresponding meeting last year.

That win was carried out at a spectator-free Caulfield due to Covid restrictions.

Fittingly, an enthusiastic crowd was on hand to roar the combatants home in a contest that lived up to the pre-race billing.

Anamoe looked unlikely to run a place before the field of eight straightened.

James Mcdonald found the perfect position settling one-out, one-back, poised to pounce, but he was under pressure when Zaaki upped the ante alongside leader Alligator Blood from the 700m.

I'm Thunderstruck, who travelled behind the leader, put a length on Anamoe at the 400m but it was about 200m out those who had backed Anamoe into $2.15 favouritism again started to believe.

He surged late with I'm Thunderstruck ($7), who laid to rest any doubt about is credentials at 2000m, to reel in Zaaki ($5) and go to the line with just long head separating them.

Zaaki was a further long-head away third. Alligator Blood, who lost a front plate in the run, weakened to finish fifth, just pipped by fourth placegetter Mr Brightside on the line.

McDonald said it was a meritorious win given he lost 'two or three lengths' turning for home.

"He deserves it, the horse," he said.

"He's a great racehorse, he had to lift off the canvas today.

"It's probably the proudest I've ever been for him. Everything has been pretty easy for him, but I was wondering at the 400 (metres) if he was going to be there for me and he was there in spades.

"He's a great horse."

 


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Caulfield

Saturday, 08th October 2022

7
15:50
(local)

Neds Might And Power (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
AUD $1,002,750
2000m TURF SOFT
7
15:50
(local)
AUD $1,002,750
2000m SOFT

Neds Might And Power (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 7. ANAMOE (AUS) 4yo H
STREET BOSS (USA) - ANAMATO (AUS)
JAMES MCDONALD
JAMES CUMMINGS
$2.15
58kg
Godolphin
2nd 2. I'M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) 5yo G
SHOCKING (AUS) - PRIMADONNA GIRL (NZ)
MARK ZAHRA
MICK PRICE & MICHAEL KENT JNR
$7
59kg
OTI Racing (Mgrs: T Henderson & S Driscoll), S Bira'm, M Neale, B & Mrs J Hill, C Fraraccio, R Menchise, A & Mrs P Goodfellow, J & Mrs J Spence, L Webb, Ms D McKeown, T & Mrs B Porter, J Gurrieri, Mangan Racing & 2W Syndications
3rd 1. ZAAKI (GB) 7yo G
LEROIDESANIMAUX (BRZ) - KESARA (GB)
JAMIE KAH
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$5
59kg
C E Holt, P J Prendergast, P F Guerra, P D Sidwell, Hirecha Racing , T C Eddy, A J Willoughby, D F Degenhardt, D P Sinn, C B Elkington, G P Carmody, G J Williamson, D P Hickey, M Etinger, Phil's Dream No.3, M Catalano, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: N R J Werrett) & N M Wilson

Sales Information

4th 4. MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) 5yo G
BULLBARS (AUS) - LILAHJAY (NZ)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
BEN & JD HAYES
$21
59kg

Sales Information

5th 3. ALLIGATOR BLOOD (AUS) 6yo G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - LAKE SUPERIOR (AUS)
TIM CLARK
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$7
59kg

Sales Information

6th 8. BENAUD (AUS) 4yo G
RELIABLE MAN (GB) - BAGGY GREEN (AUS)
DAMIAN LANE
JOHN O'SHEA
$19
58kg

Sales Information

7th 6. NONCONFORMIST (AUS) 6yo G
REBEL RAIDER (AUS) - GOOD THINKING (AUS)
JORDAN CHILDS
GRAHAME BEGG
$67
59kg
8th 5. MO'UNGA (NZ) 5yo H
SAVABEEL (AUS) - CHANDELIER (NZ)
DAMIEN OLIVER
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$11
59kg

Sales Information