Rollout The Carpet for Anabandana repeat

Rollout The Carpet is on target to follow in the footsteps of the top filly Anabandana and give
Cambridge a notable Group race double for the second year in succession.

Twelve months ago Anabandana came off an impressive win in the Group II J. Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes to beat Karaka Million winner Fort Lincoln in the Group I Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie.

Now it’s the turn of Rollout The Carpet to attempt to complete the double at Ellerslie tomorrow, following her sound win in the Matamata feature.

“She’s very well,” said co-trainer Emma-Lee Browne. “She came through Matamata as though she hadn’t had a race. She’s really grown up a lot and hopefully she’ll go well again on Saturday.”

Rollout The Carpet has now won two of her four starts, the other win being at Te Rapa in the leadup to the Matamata  Breeders’ Stakes.

In all her races to date Rollout The Carpet has been ridden by Matt Cameron, but Cameron was already booked for Choice Bro before a decision was made over the Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes’ start. James McDonald has snapped up the ride and will be looking to add to a wonderful Auckland Cup Carnival.

McDonald had won the two main features, the Telecom NZ Derby on Silent Achiever and the Stella Artois Auckland Cup on Shez Sinsational and he not only has a strong chance on Rollout The Carpet, he also has a leading hope, Scarlett Lady, in the other Group One event, the Lindauer NZ Stakes.

Browne, who trains in partnership with her father, Jeff McVean, will consider a tilt at the Group I Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes with Rollout The Carpet after tomorrow’s big assignment.

“We’ll think about hat after this weekend,” said Browne. “Pour Chimes, our other two-year-old will most likely go for it.”

Pour Chimes finished sixth in the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes after beating Rollout The Carpet on debut at Trentham.