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Coronation Stakes Confirmed For Anamba
Exciting Irish filly Anamba (Shamardal-Anamato, by Redoute's Choice), who boasts a strong Australian female pedigree, will make her next appearance in the Gr1 Coronation Stakes (8 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on Friday week, reports At The Races. Anamba, who beat the high-class Coolmore on debut in September before finishing a close second to that filly in the Gr3 Park Stakes at her only other 2YO start, missed a scheduled first-up run in the Irish 1,000 Guineas before resuming with a stylish 2-length win in the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes (7 furlongs) at Naas on 29 May. The Godolphin-owned filly will now bid to emulate some of her esteemed family members by winning at the highest level. "Anamba is in really good form, she's taken her race very well," said trainer Mick Halford. "I couldn't have been happier with her and we'll look to Ascot now, she's in the Coronation and all things being equal she'll go." A homebred for Darley Stud, Anamba is by Shamardal out of the Australian-bred Redoute's Choice mare Anamato, winner of four stakes races including the Gr1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide. From the top producer Voltage (Whiskey Road), Anamato is a half-sister to Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner Drum and stakes winner Port watch. This is an outstanding Australian family that also includes champion galloper Grand Armee, a grandson of Voltage, Gr1 Rosehill Guineas winner Dealer Principal, champion Hong Kong sprinter Absolute Champion, and Gr1 South African Derby winner Wylie Hall.