Ray Thomas

ANAHEED provided trainers Peter and Paul Snowden with another impressive early season juvenile winner after she romped home with the opener on Everest Day at Royal Randwick.

In a dominant debut, Anaheed streaked away to a four lengths win in the Victory Vein Plate (1000m). Team Snowden also produced Catch Me to win the Gimcrack Stakes by a commanding margin on Epsom Day and have two fillies with obvious potential.

The well-bred Anaheed ($5 favourite), ridden by Tim Clark, was far too good for her rivals, handling the heavy track with ease while Disruptor ($5.50) ran on well for second with Ready’s Girl ($21) two lengths away third.

Anaheed, by super sire Fastnet Rock out of the former brilliant mare Rostova, won a barrier trial in heavy going at Warwick Farm last Monday, convincing Team Snowden to back her up in the Victory Vein Plate.

“We were very happy with the way she handled Monday’s trial,’’ Paul Snowden said. “It wasn’t a testing trial and she still had a fair bit in hand so we thought we will have a lash, see if she draws well.

“So, it was basically up to her to see how she came through the trial and she hasn’t turned a hair all week which is what you are looking for.’’

Snowden said Anaheed is likely to go for a spell now with the trainer adamant the filly will benefit given time to develop and mature.

“She is a no fuss filly,’’ Snowden said. “I saw a bit of her dam, Rostova, when I was (training) in Melbourne and this filly has thrown a fair bit to her.

“She is a very loose-walking filly, she has a great attitude and has really stamped herself as a filly who will definitely improve, particularly after a break.’’


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