Anatina a likely 2014 Moir Stakes Contestant

July 8th, 2014

Producing a standout racing preparation which peaked with an unlucky second in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) during the 2014 autumn, trainer Robert Smerdon has confirmed exciting filly Anatina has returned to work ahead of a spring preparation that is likely to include a tilt at the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) in September.

The 2014 Moir Stakes is a likely target for exciting filly Anatina during her spring preparation

The 2014 Moir Stakes is a likely target for exciting filly Anatina during her spring preparation. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Performing well in a jump out at Caulfield on Tuesday morning, Smerdon said the Fastnet Rock filly is likely to return to racing in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on August 23rd before working towards the major open sprint races of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

“She led throughout in her heat, the ground was slow, she revels in that ground so it was no issue,” Smerdon told TVN.

“We will probably kick off at Moonee Valley on August 23 in a 1000m set weights and penalties Listed race, she will have another jump out before then.

“She won a Listed race down the straight in the spring, last time in she won another Listed race and then was Group 1 placed, so she seems to have taken a step up.

“We only had a light autumn so the opportunity is there for her to step up again. I’m pretty happy with what I saw today, and I am hoping she can continue to improve because she is going to need to going from a three to a four-year-old; you have got to see them do it.

“She is a genuine sprinting mare; that is the way I see her.”

Unlucky to finish second in the Sportingbet Plate (1000m) on debut in February 2013, Anatina has quickly built towards being one of the country’s most exciting racing prospects, particularly via a standout 2013 spring preparation which delivered three strong victories including the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1000m) and second in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m).

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