Arrowfield graduate draws first blood in 2020/21

Arrowfield graduate Anders opens the 2020/21 Australian Stakes Racing season with a vibrant victory in Saturday's ATC The Rosebud LR. Written Tycoon's son Ole Kirk chased gamely to finish second. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Not A Single Doubt’s Arrowfield-bred son Anders claimed the first Australian stakes race of the season, Saturday’s $140,000 ATC The Rosebud 1100m LR and did it with verve and authority, winning by almost 5 lengths. 

The 3YO colt emphatically confirmed the promise he’d shown in his six-start juvenile season, including a pair of wins in May, and the TAB immediately responded by rating him a $26 chance for The Everest. 

Assistant Trainer Annabel Neasham, who begins training on her own account next Saturday, said of Anders, “He is a proper colt that is for sure, they are going to have a lot of fun with him. He just seemed to put it all together, it looked like they were running along at a good speed and he is fast.

“He has always worked like he is one of the best. But he has just really developed and we always knew he had an awful lot of ability. He was just doing a few things wrong.”

Despite the Everest chat around Anders, co-trainer David Eustace indicated that he is more likely to head to Melbourne for the rest of his Spring campaign, with the A.J. Moir Stakes on 25 September and the Coolmore Stud Stakes on 31 October his primary Group 1 targets.

“He is fast out of the gates, he’s got a really high cruising speed and he can quicken off that. There is no need to stretch him out. He is a colt. Everyone wants speed and we genuinely think he is of Group 1 ability and can develop into a horse that goes to stud.”

Anders is the 73rd stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt, anchored a double for jockey Jason Collett and opened what’s likely to be another busy black-type season for the high-flying Maher & Eustace stable. 

At $670,000, Anders was the top-priced Not A Single Doubt colt at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. (PHOTO: Arrowfield)

Bought for $670,000 by Aquis Farm and Ciaron Maher at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Anders is the third stakes-winning graduate from Arrowfield’s Class of 2019, after Tagaloa (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1) and Doubtland (ATC Kindergarten S. G3). 

His dam Madame Andree, the only daughter of US Champion 3YO War Emblem in Australia, is also the dam of speedy two-time winner Madame Pauline (by Redoute’s Choice) and stakes-placed winner Battleground (by Snitzel) from three foals to race. 

Madame Andree has a 2YO colt by Shalaa, purchased for $360,000 by George Moore Bloodstock & Gary Moore Racing from Arrowfield’s 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft, and a yearling filly by Snitzel. The mare is due to foal to Pariah next month and is booked to return to Shalaa. 

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