Peter Snowden’s promising General Nediym filly Anise finally showed form at Randwick on Saturday April 9 when she won the opening AJC Australian Derby Day race – the $125,000 Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m).
It continued the brilliant run of success for Snowden and Darley in the juveniles’ features this autumn after Sepoy won the Golden Slipper just seven days earlier at Rosehill.
In the Kindergarten Stakes today Anise showed great determination to come from well back in the field to score a gritty victory.
She was the widest of the runners on the turn but still had plenty of running left, which showed her class.
Early leaders set a strong pace, with Fox at the front of the field throughout the early stages.
On the turn for home Fox maintain the lead, but on the straight the swoopers came out wide and fast to challenge.
With 300m to go the David Payne-trained Queenian hit the front before Anise and jockey Kerrin McEvoy fought for their life, driving down the outside.
In a photo-finish, Anise had stuck her head down on the line to nudge out Queenian for the win by a mere nose while Golden Slipper runner Hot Snitzel finished a further 1 ¼ lengths away for third.
Pacesetter Fox faded to finish fourth while race favourite, Gerald Ryan’s previously unraced Conroy’s Gap was too green and failed to perform.
Anise has now had four starts for two wins earning $172,000 in prize money and is now set to be sent for a spell.
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2011 Kindergarten Stakes Results
|1||7||ANISE||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||–||7||54.5kg||$6|
|2||4||QUEENIAN||David Payne||Michael Rodd||0.1L||5||56.5kg||$8|
|3||1||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||1.4L||2||56.5kg||$4.60EF|
|4||8||FOX||Adam Duggan||Joshua Parr||3.6L||6||54.5kg||$7|
|5||6||JACKPOT QUEEN||Matthew Dale||Mathew Cahill||4.9L||8||54.5kg||$16|
|6||5||CONROY’S GAP||Gerald Ryan||Hugh Bowman||5L||1||56.5kg||$4.60EF|
|7||3||ROLSTON||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||5.7L||3||56.5kg||$21|
|8||9||AUBAZINE||Gai Waterhouse||Corey Brown||8.5L||4||54.5kg||$8.50|
|9||10||SHADOW WEST||Anthony Cummings||Glen Boss||8.8L||9||54.5kg||$12|
|SCR||2||BOYS ON TOUR||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||–||0||–||–|