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Filly From Top Australian Family Set For Return
Highly regarded UK filly Anamba (Shamardal-Anamato, by Redoute's Choice), who boasts a strong Australian connection, is set to make her seasonal debut in the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes at Naas on Sunday, reports Sky Sports. The Godolphin-owned Anamba showed her class when defeating the Aidan O'Brien-trained Coolmore on her debut at Leopardstown in September before finishing a close second to that filly in the Gr3 Park Stakes at her only other start. The 3YO was scheduled to run first-up in the Irish 1000 Guineas last weekend but was a late withdrawal on account of the unsuitable ground. "We didn't run her because of the ground the other day. She's in at Naas, she's in good form and she'll take her chance as long as the ground stays good," trainer Michael Halford said. "She got big and strong over the winter but took a bit of time to come to hand with the wet and miserable spring. Now she's ready to start." A homebred for Darley Stud, Anamba is by Shamardal out of the Australian-bred Redoute's Choice mare Anamato, winner of four stakes races including the Gr1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide. 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. Anamba holds several big race entries including the Gr1 Coronations Stakes, Gr1 Pretty Polly Stakes, and Gr1 Irish Oaks.