Another star on horizon for Sellwood

While star filly Anabandana is enjoying a break from racing, trainer Don Sellwood has another exciting youngster to focus on.

That filly is Oasis Rose, an Australian-bred daughter of Oasis Dream who created a huge impression when winning on debut at the Cambridge  Jockey Club’s meeting at Te Rapa last Sunday.

Oasis Rose, who is owned by Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan and Dr Gene Tsoi, went into the Mitavite Juvenile unbeaten in two trials and as expected she was a warm favourite. But she had her supporters worried after being slow away, then back and wide and even wider on the home turn.

When James McDonald got Oasis Rose into full flight the response was thrilling as she charged home to win by a long head. “Even older horses wouldn’t have done what she did,” said Sellwood. “It was a huge effort. She’s a beautiful filly and has a wonderful attitude.”

Oasis Rose was a $260,000 purchase from the Sydney Easter Yearling Sales this year and Sellwood is taking the same approach to the one he did with Anabandana. “She’s following exactly the same path that Anabandana did,” said Sellwood. “She had three jumpouts and two trials before she raced
and so did Anabandana. And she made her debut in the same race as Anabandana, who ran second in it.”

Oasis Rose will start next in the Listed Wentwood Grange Stakes at Te Rapa and it was in this same event last year that Anabandana was third behind Estrato, who will contest  Friday’s Levin Classic.

Meanwhile Sellwood is giving Anabandana a spell instead of tackling the Group I Levin Classic. “She was a bit tired after she got back from Christchurch, but she bounced back,” said Sellwood. “She’s having a break for two to three weeks then I’ll get her ready to take over to Melbourne in the autumn.”

Anabandana was a gallant second to Rock ‘N’ Pop in the Group I Sothy’s 2000 Guineas and a late scratching from the Group I NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas after rain saw the downgrading of the track.