Malcolm Johnston compares Anamoe to Kingston Town

Hall of Fame jockey “Miracle” Mal Johnston says there is a “bit of the King” in Godolphin superstar Anamoe.

“There is so much to like about Anamoe, ” Johnston said.

“He is a beautiful horse, he has everything going for him, and I think he will win the George Main Stakes and go on to win the Cox Plate this spring.

“Anamoe is so exciting to watch, he’s almost rude and arrogant the way he goes about winning his races, there’s a bit of the ‘King’ (Kingston Town) about this horse.

“The way James Cummings is placing this horse and looking after him is absolutely perfectly. ”

Johnston, the regular rider of legendary champion Kingston Townwill be on track to watch Anamoe aim for his fifth Group 1 win in the $ 1m George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Anamoe is the $ 2.15 favorite for the feature weight-for-age race as he begins his quest to emulate two of Australian racing’s all-time great champions.

Kingston Town was the first horse to complete the George Main Stakes-Cox Plate in 1981 before repeating that effort in 1982, while mighty mare Winx won both races in three successive years, 2016-17-18.

But Anamoe is up against an outstanding 10-horse George Main Stakes field featuring eight individual Group 1 winners including powerhouse Zaaki, the $ 3 second favorite.

Malcolm Johnston riding Kingston Town to victory in the 1980 Cox Plate.

Trainer Annabel Neasham has agonized over whether to run Zaaki since his first-up win in the Tramway Stakes but with the Randwick track surface improving to a Soft 5, she has accepted for her stable star.

Neasham has booked Tommy Berry for the ride with James McDonald staying on last start Winx Stakes winner Anamoe.

The George Main would usually be unchallenged for race of the day status but the sheer quality of sprinters lining up in the Group 2 $ 1m The Shorts (1100m) threatens to be the headline act.

Nature Strip, the world’s best sprinter, resumes in The Shorts against his old rival, Eduardo, Classique Legend, Mazu, Masked Crusader and Lost And Running as this group continue their preparations for the $ 15m The Everest next month.

The barrier draw has Nature Strip coming out of barrier two and he has opened as the $ 2.70 favorite ahead of Eduardo (barrier eight) at $ 3.50 with Mazu (barrier four) at $ 6.50.

The Shorts has attracted 13 runners including The Kosciuszko hopefuls Handle The Truth and Anethole.