From ANZ Bloodstock News Wednesday 18th July by Tim Rowe
Matt Cumani hopes a long range plan to target the MyPunter.com Oaklands Plate (Listed, 1400m) at Morphettville on Saturday with two-year-old filly Anthemoessa (Smart Missile) will pay off with a valuable stakes win.
The lightly raced juvenile delivered on her promising early season form with a comfortable victory second-up this preparation at Wangaratta to confirm a trip to Adelaide for Saturday’s $100,000 race.
Anthemoessa is one of 11 two-year-olds nominated for the Oaklands Plate, with Crockett (All American) and last-start winners Cupidity (Not A Single Doubt), First Diamond (Delago Deluxe) and Poised To Strike (Akeed Mofeed) also among the entries.
Andrew Bobbin, Cumani’s Ballarat-based assistant, confirmed to ANZ Bloodstock News that Anthemoessa would race in Adelaide on Saturday, with Dean Yendall booked to take the ride. “Matt highlighted this race in Adelaide some months ago in order to try and get some black type into her,” Bobbin said.
“Being a two-year-old filly it is a good opportunity to secure her future as a broodmare. Not only are you buying racehorses, you are trying to secure their future.”
A $130,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase by Cumani and Boomer Bloodstock from the Sledmere Stud draft, Anthemoessa was runner-up at her first start in the Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat and was also second at Caulfield to Ollivander (Charge Forward) in December before being sent to Queensland for the Magic MIllions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m).
She ran ninth, beaten seven and a half lengths, to the then unbeaten filly Sunlight (Zoustar).
“She is a filly that showed plenty of promise from day one. Matt and his family bought her from the Magic Millions and made her race day debut at Ballarat in the Magic Millions clockwise race, so we knew we had a filly with a bit of ability,” Bobbin said.
“We went to town and worked hard at Caulfield and run second, which got us all excited to go to the Gold Coast. It is a tough mission to get there and she was competitive finishing midfield.”
Anthemoessa returned from a spell following her Gold Coast campaign with an unplaced run at Flemington on June 9 before her breakthrough success at Wangaratta over 1170 metres on July 2.
“We had to drive to Wangaratta to get the win and back in the day you might have thought it was an easy kill,” he said. “It was a decent enough race, as it is everywhere these days. All the good trainers travel, but the thing we liked about that race and confirmed a trip to Adelaide was the way she settled underneath Jordy (Jordan Childs). She settled midfield and when he asked her she extended. There is enough evidence there for Matt to think she will get 1400 metres.”
Bobbin said a plan beyond Saturday for the Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) filly had yet to be mapped out.
“She has been fairly sharp in those early two-year-old races and 1400 metres is a step, so we will just see how she goes this week,” he said. “For her three-year-old career, we will program it off the back of what she does this week.”
The China Horse Club-bred Anthemoessa’s yearling half-sister by Wandjina (Snitzel) is also being trained at Ballarat after being purchased for $120,000 by Carbine Thoroughbreds and Darren Weir.
Cumani trained a winner at Geelong on Sunday and two on the synthetic surface on Friday including the emphatic first-up winner Our Regal Warrior (Nicconi).
A three-year-old colt, Our Regal Warrior led an 1100 metres maiden race before going on to win by seven lengths.