A paralysing burst of finishing speed carried the Street Boss colt Anamoe to a narrow but convincing victory in Saturday’s Listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown.
Having only his second start, Anamoe showed the benefit gained from his debut out when fifth at Caulfield a month ago.
Under the guidance of Damien Oliver, Anamoe settled behind the fast early pace and was blocked for a run as he began to improve from the 400m.
Oliver switched the colt wide on the track and seemed to be giving away an impossible start at the 200m, but a stunning turn-of-foot carried him to victory
Anamoe is out of Anamato, a winner of the G1 Australasian Oaks who also finished third in the G1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park and is the dam of Irish Stakes winner Anamba.
Anamoe is her fourth winner from six foals to race and the colt is also the 41st Stakes winner for his sire Street Boss whose Australian offspring are headed by the G1 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback.
Within an hour of Anamoe’s success, Street Boss added another juvenile winner to his tally when Sliders, a half-sister to the G1 winner Flit, won the ungraded Max Lees Classic at Newcastle, NSW.
Street Boss has shuttled to Darley’s Northwood Park stud in Victoria for the post decade and will stand the coming northern-hemisphere season at a fee of US$15,000, stands and nurses, at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky.