Anabandana on show for Aussies

Australians will get the first glimpse of top Cambridge filly Anabandana when she makes her Australian debut in the Listed $A100,500 Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield tomorrow.

Anabandana, last season’s champion NZ two-year-old, has been off the scene since she finished a gallant second to Rock ‘N’ Pop in the Group I Soothy’s NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton last November, but trainer Don Sellwood is confident she is ready to acquit herself well.

“She looks very well and she’s never let me down yet,” said Sellwood. “She’ll give us a good sight, but obviously there’s improvement in her. It’s a chance to see how she measures up to the opposition and gauge how forward she is. We’re going to learn a lot from this race.”

Anabandana was flown to Melbourne on January 7 as part of the plan to get the Anabaa filly totally settled in and relaxed before beginning a new campaign in unfamiliar surroundings.

“She travelled over well and has settled in lovely,” said Sellwood, who has Anabandana based at Russell Cameron’s stables. “I wanted to give her plenty of time to acclimatise and get used to the heat. ”

Sellwood has been in Melbourne for the past week ensuring Anabandana is on target for her first Australian mission, in which she will be ridden by Craig Williams, the top hoop who recently won the Karaka Million. Williams rode Anabandana when she won a jumpout at Flemington last week and again in trackwork last Tuesday morning.

Anabandana has the topweight of 58.5kg in the Kevin Hayes Stakes, a three-year-old fillies event, and all oing well she will then head to Caulfield on February 25 for the Group II Angus Armanasco Stakes  (1400M) at Caulfield, followed by the Group II Kewney Stakes over the same distance at Flemington on March 10.

Sellwood is also considering a trip to Sydney for the dual Group One winner, provided she steps up to the mark in Melbourne.