FIRST BRITISH CLASSIC WINNER FOR FRANKEL
Anapurna produced a fine performance to run down the Aidan O'Brien-trained Pink Dogwood in the Oaks Gr.1, providing Frankie Dettori with his fifth winner of the race and FRANKEL with a first British Classic as a sire.
Taken from www.racingpost.com, 31st May 2019, by Tom Collins:
Anapurna, who was bred by Meon Valley Stud, stayed on powerfully towards the inside of the track and edged clear close to home to land odds of 8-1. FRANKEL had previously sired a Classic winner in Japan in Soul Stirring, who won the 2017 Yushun Himba – the Japanese Oaks – but Anapurna's victory marked his first Classic victory in Britain.
His other Group 1-winning progeny includes Dream Castle, Without Parole and four-time top-level scorer Cracksman.
Frankie Dettori said: "She was very courageous. The hill was coming and I was always getting him. Beautiful! My first Classic winner was 25 years ago and I'm still here!"
Gosden added: "It was a brave performance by the filly and jockey. She went for a gap up the inside and you don't always find it there.
"I thought coming past the furlong pole Ryan [Moore] had gone it but she outstayed the other filly. Full marks to both riders and fillies."
Mark Weinfeld is managing partner of Meon Valley Stud, who have been represented by a number of decent fillies on the track, including Group 1 winners Zee Zee Top, Izzi Top and Speedy Boarding, and celebrated their 20th Group 1 victory at Epsom.
Anapurna is a daughter of another of their mares, Dash To The Top, and Weinfeld said: "She was so tough and showed a great attitude. This is unbelievable and we dream of winning Classics so to see it all come to fruition with this filly is amazing."
Date: 31 May 2019