Anapurna (horse)

Anapurna (foaled 31 March 2016) is a British Thoroughbred racehorse, best known for winning the 2019 Epsom Oaks. After finishing unplaced on her only start as a juvenile she won a minor race on her three-year-old debut and went on to win the Lingfield Oaks Trial before winning the Oaks on her fourth start. She took a second Group 1 success later that year when she won the Prix de Royallieu.

Anapurna
Owner Helena Springfield Ltd.svg
Racing silks of Helena Springfield Ltd
SireFrankel
GrandsireGalileo
DamDash To The Top
DamsireMontjeu
SexFilly
Foaled31 March 2016[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
ColourBay
BreederMeon Valley Stud
OwnerHelena Springfield Ltd
TrainerJohn Gosden
Record7: 4-0-0
Earnings£478,596
Major wins
Lingfield Oaks Trial (2019)
Epsom Oaks (2019)
Prix de Royallieu (2019)

BackgroundEdit

Anapurna is a bay filly with a small white star bred by the Hampshire-based Meon Valley Stud. Like most of the Meon Valley Stud's horses she races in the black and white colours of Helena Springfield Ltd. She was sent into training with John Gosden at Newmarket, Suffolk.

She was from the third crop of foals sired by Frankel, an undefeated racehorse whose other progeny have included Cracksman, Soul Stirring and Without Parole.[2] Her dam Dash To The Top was placed in both the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix Vermeille[3] and came from a female-line family which had been based at Meon Valley for several generations,[4] being a granddaughter of Milligram who was in turn a daughter of One In A Million.[5]

Racing careerEdit

2018: two-year-old seasonEdit

Anapurna made her racecourse debut on 27 December when she started at odds of 7/2 in a minor event over eight and a half furlongs on the Tapeta surface at Wolverhampton Racecourse. Ridden by David Probert, she started slowly and was never in contention, coming home ninth of the thirteen runners, more than sixteen lengths behind the winner Noble Lineage.[6]

2019: three-year-old seasonEdit

Just over a month after her debut, Anapurna began her three-year-old campaign in a maiden race over ten furlongs on Lingfield Park's Polytrack surface in which she was ridden by Kieran O'Neill. Starting the 6/1 fourth choice in the six-runner field she took the lead approaching the last quarter mile and despite hanging to the right she drew away to win by five lengths from Dawn Crusade.[7] On 11 May Anapurna returned to Lingfield for her first race on turf and started the 7/4 favourite for the Listed Oaks Trial Stakes over eleven and a half furlongs. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, she tracked the front-running Cape Islay before taking the lead two furlongs out and pulled away from her six opponents to win by six lengths from Tauteke, with King Power four and a half lengths further back in third.[8] After the race John Gosden said "We've planned to come here ever since she won her maiden in January and she did that very nicely. She's not been on grass this year at home, so this was a new experience for her and after running a little green early she finished off her race very well".[9]

The 241st running of the Oaks Stakes over one and a half miles at Epsom Racecourse on 31 May attracted a field of fourteen fillies. Anapurna, ridden by Dettori was the 8/1 fifth choice in the betting behind Mehdaayih (winner of the Cheshire Oaks), Pink Dogwood (Salsabil Stakes) and Maqsad (Pretty Polly Stakes). Dettori settled his mount just behind the leaders and turned into the straight in third place behind the outsiders Lavender's Blue and Peach Tree. Anapurna took the lead on the inside approaching the last quarter mile and after being headed by Pink Dogwood she rallied strongly in the final furlong to regain the advantage and win by a neck.[10] Anapurna's owner and breeder Mark Weinfeld said after the race "I didn't think we were going to get there... We didn't know how good she was and how she would handle the course, but she did it nicely and Frankie gave her a super ride."[11]

After a break of three and a half months Anapurna returned to the track in the Prix Vermeille over 2400 metres at Longchamp Racecourse on 15 September. Ridden by Oisin Murphy she raced close behind the leaders but failed to make any significant progress in the straight and came home seventh behind her stablemate Star Catcher, beaten just under six lengths by the winner. At the same track on 5 October the filly was partnered by Dettori when she was one of nine fillies and mares to contest the Prix de Royallieu over 2800 metres on very soft ground. The event was being run as a Group 1 race for the first time. Anapurna started the 3.4/1 second favourite behind the Park Hill Stakes winner Enbihaar while the other fancied contenders were Musis Amica (runner-up in the Vermeille), Lah Ti Dar (second in the St Leger) and Mutamakina (second in the Prix Niel). Anapurna led from the start and set a steady pace before staying on well in the straight to win by one and a quarter lengths from the Irish filly Delphinia with Enbihaar a short head away in third place.[12] Dettori said "She was all out at the end, but she's very tough. I used my staying card, made the running, and out-galloped them".[13]

On 19 October Anapurna was made 6/1 third favourite for the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes over one and a half miles on heavy ground at Ascot. Her prospects were not helped when she slipped and fell before the start. She raced in second place before fading from contention in the last quarter mile and coming home eleventh of the twelve runners behind Star Catcher. She was retired from racing at the end of the season.

PedigreeEdit

Pedigree of Anapurna (GB), bay filly, 2016[1]
Sire
Frankel (GB)
2008
Galileo (IRE)
1998
Sadler's Wells Northern Dancer
Fairy Bridge
Urban Sea Miswaki
Allegretta
Kind (IRE)
2001
Danehill Danzig
Razyana
Rainbow Lake Rainbow Quest
Rockfest
Dam
Dash To The Top (GB)
2002
Montjeu (IRE)
1996
Sadler's Wells Northern Dancer
Fairy Bridge
Floripedes Top Ville
Toute Cy
Millennium Dash (GB)
1997
Nashwan Blushing Groom
Height of Fashion
Milligram Mill Reef
One In A Million (Family: 16-h)[5]
  • Anapurna is inbred 3 × 3 to Sadler's Wells, meaning that this stallion appears twice in the third generation of his pedigree.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Anapurna pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ "Frankel - Progeny". Racing Post.
  3. ^ "Dash To The Top - Race Record & Form". Racing Post.
  4. ^ Chris McGrath (7 January 2016). "Meon Valley Stud Continues to Build on Solid Foundations". Thoroughbred Daily News.
  5. ^ a b "Lily Agnes - Family 16-h". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  6. ^ "Ladbrokes Novice Stakes". Racing Post. 27 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Ladbrokes Maiden Fillies' Stakes result". Racing Post. 30 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Oaks Trial Fillies' Stakes result". Racing Post. 11 May 2019.
  9. ^ Milnes, David (11 May 2019). "Anapurna bolts up at Lingfield to strengthen Gosden's Oaks hand". Racing Post.
  10. ^ "Epsom Oaks result". Racing Post. 31 May 2019.
  11. ^ Wood, Greg (31 May 2019). "Frankie Dettori lifts the Oaks on Anapurna". The Guardian.
  12. ^ "Prix de Royallieu result". Racing Post. 5 October 2019.
  13. ^ Mottershead, Lee. "Anapurna All Out for Game Prix de Royallieu Win". The Blood-Horse.

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