Anabandana set to regain throne


The screws have been tightened and she’s ready to bounce back.

That’s the condition of Anabandana as the country’s top filly left her Cambridge stable last Wednesday evening for Christchurch, where she has been entered for the two Group One events.

Anabandana’s winning sequence ended at five when she was beaten by the smart colt Antonio Lombardo in the Group III James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes at Te Rapa on Labour Day.

Tomorrow she is down to again take on the males in the Group I Sothy’s NZ 2000 Guineas and trainer Don Sellwood (pictured) has left his options open over a start a week later in the Group I NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas, which is restricted to fillies.

Sellwood wasn’t at all surprised that Anabandana got beaten at Te Rapa, having left plenty of petrol in the tank for her big trip to Riccarton. And after Opie Bosson made a special trip down from Pukekohe to ride the filly in work last Tuesday morning there was a boost in the stable confidence over her chances in Christchurch.

“Opie was very happy with her,” said Sellwood. “She worked lovely. She’s gone ahead in leaps and bounds since Te Rapa.”

Sellwood was leaving a final decision on a start in the 2000 Guineas until tomorrow morning, wanting to make sure she has handled the trip well and settled in nicely.

“She’ll have a spell after this trip and I’ll get her ready for the autumn,” said Sellwood. “Often with fillies you find there’s not much left after a trip down there and a go at the big ones.”

Anabandana will be ridden tomorrow by James McDonald, who has had one raceday ride on her for a win. He picked up the mount when Bosson was unable to make the 54.5kg. Bosson has since taken time out to get his weight under control.