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Irish Win For Australian Voltage Family
Beautifully bred 2YO filly Anamba (Shamardal-Anamato, by Redoute's Choice) made the perfect start to her career when winning her racecourse debut at Leopardstown in Ireland on Saturday. Trained by Mick Halford and racing in the royal blue silks of Godolphin, Anamba was able to sustain a strong finish to the line to hold off the late challenge of race favourite Coolmore, the 8-11 race favourite and a full-sister to top-class colt Gleneagles. A homebred for Darley Stud, Anamba is by Shamardal out of the Australian-bred mare Anamato, winner of four stakes races including the Gr1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide. By Redoute's Choice from the top producer Voltage (Whiskey Road), Anamato is a half-sister to Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner Drum and stakes winner Port watch. This is an outstanding Australian family that also includes champion galloper Grand Armee, a grandson of Voltage, Gr1 Rosehill Guineas winner Dealer Principal, champion Hong Kong sprinter Absolute Champion, and Gr1 South African Derby winner Wylie Hall. Trainer Mick Halford is predicting a bright future for Anamba. "We've always liked her and she has a bit of class about her. She's a beautiful mover and Shane [jockey Shane Foley] said she would prefer better ground," he told Sky Sports. "Everything comes naturally to her and she's exciting. She's a beautiful filly and there was always something about her." He added: "She'll get a mile easy and might get further, but she's not slow. She did it well, as she got tired in that ground and it's the first time she's been off the bridle."