MICK SHARKIE wraps up a massive day of Australian racing that was headlined by Group 1 action at Caulfield and Randwick. 


Anamoe proved that class carries a horse an awful long way when it comes to Group 1 racing after he took the Caulfield Guineas in fast time to secure his future as one of the brightest stallion prospects in the country.

Faced with a wide gate and just third-up into the Guineas, the Godolphin team had much to plan in the days leading up to the Guineas, ultimately leaving it to the class of the horse and the talent of Damien Oliver.

“We always had faith in the quality and talent of the horse… essentially just let the horse do his thing and it played out nicely,” said Godolphin representative Sean Keogh.

Oliver did his thing too, just like he’s been doing for 30-odd years. Ollie is the GOAT.

“He’s just such a magnificent specimen of a horse… he never really took me into the race, and I was always just at him to switch him on, even when he got to the front. I rode my first group 1 winner for his (James’) grandfather Bart here with Submariner in the Rupert Clarke,” said Oliver.

Submariner won the Rupert Clarke in 1990. That’s 31-years ago – the last time Ollie won the Guineas too.

So, what about the Cox Plate, Ollie – can Anamoe win Australia’s greatest weight for age race?

“I wouldn’t put it beyond him, he’s a big strong colt and he relaxes well, I’m sure the team will have a big discussion about that,” said Oliver.


The spring hype-machine that was Zaaki’s Cox Plate train came to a grinding halt at Caulfield on quick ground but might not be completely derailed just yet.

All out running third in the Group 1 Might And Power Stakes at the hands of Probabeel and Nonconformist, the Zaaki camp has some work to do to find answers as to why their star performer was turned over, while Brett Prebble’s amazing spring continued with Probabeel.

“I was really concerned about Jordie’s (Childs) horse (Nonconformist) today, I thought it was a big negative against the fave today on a firm track,” said Prebble post-race.

“All guts, she was all out the last 100m she was all out…she’s all guts and all determination.”

Probabeel will likely head to the Cox Plate too but Prebble’s “all out” comments after the win might not have punters charging into the $13 about her for the Cox Plate, not that trainer Jamie Richards would care, he’d had a ripper day at Caulfield.

His New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Kahma Lass returned to form and added another stakes race to her CV when she stomped up late to win the Listed Weekend Hussler.

“There are no hard and fast plans, we’ll just take it a race at a time but certainly something like the Empire Rose is a race I’m thinking about,” Richards said.


Nobody had heard of trainer Richard Litt until he unleashed Castelvecchio on the Sydney racing scene a few years ago, and his success with that horse has parlayed into another Group 1 star with Spring Champion Stakes winner Profondo.

After watching what Litt did with Castelvecchio, owner Ottavio Galletta decided a sling was in order… a sling in the form of a $1.9 million yearling by Deep Impact.

Profondo has rewarded that faith.

“He’s left me speechless, the world’s his oyster, he’s scary,” said Litt.

“When he (jockey Robbie Dolan) sat outside the lead, I nearly had a heart attack, but he knew what he was doing. He’ll go for a spell now and we’ll have a big attack on the autumn.”


Geez there is some good wine in Penola. If you’re in the area Redman is well worth calling past. If you’re in Penola drinking wine and punting, try ALL HARD WOOD (Penola R6 No. 2) which won really well at Morphettville two starts ago. Toast the victory with a Redman cab sav and thank Uncle Shark for the rabbits.