Darley kick-started AJC Derby day in fine style when Anise produced a powerful burst to land the G3 Kindergarten Stakes at Randwick.
Anise (2f General Nediym – Pimpinella by Flying Spur) did best in a tight finish to beat Queenian (Dubleo) by a nose. “She’s always shown ability but has been a bit disappointing this time in,” trainer Peter Snowden said. “This was the right race and it was good to see her hit the line.”
Anise was sold by Willow Park for $600,000 at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale. Her More Than Ready half-sister made $300,000 at last week’s Inglis Easter yearling sale.
Their dam Pimpinella was a two-time Canterbury winner and is a half-sister to G1 winners Fairy King Prawn and Easy Rocking.
Darley also started Saturday’s Caulfield card on a winning note with Burnout. The Lonhro colt was racing first-up after a midfield finish in the LR Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown in November.
Burnout (2c Lonhro – Ashy Girl by Woodman) is bred to be precocious being a close relation of 1992 Champion Australian Colt Clan O’Sullivan (Zoffany). “He’s a lovely horse,” assistant trainer Paul Snowden said. “He was run off his legs today and it’s only a matter of time before we add blinkers.”
Burnout will back up in the Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on April 25 and that result will determine whether he goes up to Brisbane for the winter campaign.