What the jockeys said after Anamoe and James McDonald’s win

Here’s what the jockeys had to say after Anamoe produced a big win on return in the Group 1 Winx Stakes over 1400m at Randwickwith James McDonald piloting the gun Godolphin galloper.


WINNING JOCKEY: James McDonald

On the horse: “He’s a superstar. He he’s a lovely horse. Dare I say it I think he’s definitely gotten better from 3 to 4. Obviously some can, some don’t but he this is a different horse. He’s more alert, he’s putting it all together. It was great to show a performance of a horse who is obviously improving. He will only get better as he gets on. I don’t have enough words to say about him. I can’t speak highly enough about him because he’s just an absolutely beautiful horse. Lucky I’ve strapped myself to him. “

On his past: “He’s always shown quality from day dot. His Sires win di lui was superb. It was the best feeling I’ve had in a race in terms of the fact I was three back and just accelerated and put 4 to 5 lengths on a field, which was pretty impressive. To do what he’s done today, obviously he’s been beautifully prepared with two trials so he was here to win. I say there is more to come. It’s great to see Godolphin keep this colt in work. I think he’s got some big targets ahead of him. “

On the future: “This prep he’s going to be the complete package. Even last prep over 1400m he was getting the job done but when he won the Rosehill Guineas by 10 lengths, he would lay in. Today he went straight as a bullet. He was there for me when I wanted him to arguably in the worse part of the track. “


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2nd – Hugh Bowman (Fangirl): “Great return.”

3rd – Brenton Avdulla (Deep): “He went huge. I got caught wide but he ran enormous. “

4th – William Pike (Hilal): “He went well. Leading it not ideal for him. “

5th – Nash Rawiller (Hinged): “I was really happy with her. She just lacked a little bit of turn of foot at the top of the straight but she still hit the line well.

6th – Reece Jones (Benaud): “Super first-up effort. Hopefully in for a good prep. “

7th – Kerrin McEvoy (Icebath): “Pleased with her effort. She will take improvement from that. “

8th – Rachel King (Forbidden Love): “Traveled super but just didn’t quite fire in the finish. Hope she will take a bit of improvement from that. “

9th – Sam Clipperton (Stockman): “Very happy with him. A stayer first -up, he’s gone terrific. “

10th – Tommy Berry (Mo’unga): “He was alright. He needs a bit of time to get his revs up and get going. With horses outside him he didn’t get the chance today. By the time he was ready to go the gaps were gone. “

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WINNING TRAINER: James Cummings

Thoughts on the win: “He’s a proper horse isn’t he? It is a great result for the team and I’m a bit surprised I’m upset (emotional) about it but it just means a lot to us. It’s a pleasure for us to have a horse as good as this back at four. We’ve got a great team around us. “

“We say it all the time, it should go without saying really, but you can see the effort that’s gone into this horse, getting to this level and to have him back every prep is amazing. To talk to the boys at the conclusion of his preparation last time, to have the confidence in us to keep going with him, that we feel like we can lift his value of him and lift his reputation of him-it’s Group 1 win number four . You can’t help but feel like he’s well and truly stamped himself as the horse to beat in anything he runs in this preparation. “

On just how good Anamoe is: “Without an international horse this horse might have won a Cox Plate. If he draws a gate in a Golden Slipper, he’s won a Slipper. Name me a colt who is not far off going to stud who has done that. He is a pretty special horse to have in work. “

Spring plans: “We’ve got plenty of time to see how he pulls up. We’re spoilt for choice, there is so much on the table for a horse like him. He’s a wonderful horse to have in training for his Highness Sheikh Mohammed in Australia and a great advertisement really of what we can do with the farm and with the stables we’ve got. “

“He’s seen every stable. All my assistant trainers between Dizzy, Reg, Sean and Paul Reid, they’ve all had their hands on him and it is great to see him flying and coming back with form like that at four. Hopefully the preparation unfolds as beautifully as it did there for him in this first-up run. “