Rosehill Guineas winner Anamoe is the favorite to add the Queen Elizabeth Stakes to his CV.
Trainer James Cummings is confident a minor midweek setback will not derail star colt Anamoe’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes dreams at Randwick next weekend.
Cummings reported to the stewards on Saturday that his multiple Group 1 winner had recorded a higher than normal temperature last week as well as slight abnormalities in his blood profile.
He reported that Anamoe did not miss any work due to the anomalies and continued his preparation as usual for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The winner of the Rosehill Guineas’ latest start is the $3.50 favorite with TAB for the $4 million feature, which looms as Sydney’s Autumn Carnival race.
Cummings watches the colt closely.
“We’re really happy with him, but when you get to that level, we can’t let something like that go by and not declare it,” Cummings said.
“As we say with all of our horses that go to the big days, unless they were absolutely 100% they wouldn’t be racing.
“If you looked at him this morning, he doesn’t look like a sick horse.”
Cummings enlisted the services of star jockey Tommy Berry to ride Anamoe in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The stable could be set for a massive day on Day 2 of the Championships with Colette the $6 favorite for the Queen Of The Turf Stakes, while Honeycreeper raced into the Australian Oaks race impressively winning the Adrian Knox Stakes Saturday.
Cummings said a decision on Honeycreeper, a third-placed $7 in the Oaks, from the feature would be made later this week.
“We’ll take the whole week to make sure she’s perfect before we go down that road,” he said.
“But heavy 9 today over a mile and a quarter and we’re talking about a mile and a half AJC Oaks next Saturday, that’s definitely going to look like really good prep, isn’t it.”
Cummings first practiced on day one of the championships in the final event of the day.
Classy filly Heresy led her first-ever training trifecta, and her first four, at home when the filly beat local teammates Zapateo, Arcaded and Larkspur Run.
A trip to South Australia for their autumn carnival is planned for the winner.
“I think she could most likely go to Adelaide,” Cummings said.
“There’s a three-year race she could race in and that’s whether or not we want to be tempted to race her in the top races like the Sangster.”
Originally published as Queen Elizabeth Stakes favorite Anamoe on track for Championship tilt