Exciting three-year-old Anders set the standard for his peers with a dynamic win in The Rosebud at Rosehill on Saturday that was as good on the clock as it looked to the eye.
The colt didn’t have it all his own way in the early stages of the 1100m dash but he produced clearly the best sectionals over the concluding stages.
Anders clocked 35.39 for his last 600m, about a length and a half quicker than the next best, including 11.38 from the 400m-200m and his last 200m of 12.37 was clearly superior as he ripped away late.
The big question is can he stretch that brilliance to 1200m and come onto the radar for a TAB Everest remains to be seen but the logical next step for Anders is the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 29.
There’s plenty behind the winner to highlight as well, the run of Ole Kirk first-up over a trip short of what will be his best had merit.
He ran a 35.64 last 600m as he made ground along the inside into second place and can only improve over a bit more ground.
Sixgun beat only two home but don’t forget he’s the horse that bounded in the air at the start and missed it by about four lengths.
The lightly raced colt, having just his second start, had to burn early to make up ground and ran 10.55 between the 1000m and 800m and was also fastest between the 600m and 400m (11.56).
His last 600m of 36.07 was third best and he has plenty of upside.
TAB Everest talk also surrounded the win of Eduardo in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) and he earned the right to enter discussions but sectionally his last 600m of 36.40 was second slowest.
That said he did some work early and was able to run the equal fastest last 200m of 12.50 so you can argue he did at both ends.
The two who shared that time for the final closing split finished at the tail of the field so there was merit in the runs of Mister Sea Wolf and Melody Belle over a distance below their comfort zone.
The unlucky runner of the Missile was third placed Imaging and there was plenty in his sectionals that suggest he’s come back in great order.
He ran 11.27 from the 800m-600m and 11.57 from the 600m-400m, both race best, and what could his last 200m have been (he ran 12.68) had he not been tightened up? Overall he ran the fastest last 600m of 35.96.
There were four 1200m events and, not surprisingly, the Missile produced the fastest time by well over three lengths.
Of those races the Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1200m) was the slowest but produced clearly the best sectionals given how slow the early part of that race was run.
Tailleur ran her first 600m in 37.82, about 10 lengths slower than Estrado in race four and about 14 lengths slower than both Eduardo and Partners, who led the final event.
Due to that Tailleur clocked easily the day’s fastest last 600m of 34.89 and the last 200m of 11.90.
The run of Minted into second place behind Tailleur is worth noting given he settled near the tail and, while he made ground along the inside, he ran a last 600m of 35 seconds and ran 11.97 for his last 200m so his effort sustain a sprint from the back was outstanding.
Fastest last 600m: Tailleur 34.89
Most ground covered (to win): Tavion Prince +10m
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