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Australian Racing: George Main Stakes preview

The Blue Army are poised to conquer the G1 George Main Stakes this year with star galloper Anamoe.

The son of Street Boss started his prep with a devastating win first up in the G1 Winx Stakes announcing himself as a superstar in the making. The race is run over 1600m and boasts a total prize pool of $500,000 and is run under Weight for age conditions.

Godolphin’s trainer James Cummings is no stranger to the race, training Avilius to victory in 2019.

The race has been won by some champions of the turf including Lohnro, Kermadec and of course Winx. The conditions won’t be as testing for runners tackling the famous Randwick Mile, with the track expected to be in the soft range and drying.

The rail goes back into the true position which should eliminate any type of leaders’ bias which was encountered last meeting. Expect the track to be playing fair and horses coming off the fence when running down the home straight.

Anamoe is your short priced favourite for the Group One event and has drawn barrier 8 with James McDonald booked to ride. Another big gun this spring is the Annabel Neasham trained Zaaki.

The former UK import has also accepted for the George Main Stakes, and usual rider James McDonald has opted to side with Anamoe in this battle, so Tommy Berry will now pilot the dual G1 winner.

This long awaited mouth-watering contest will not leave the punters disappointed. The two horses are also set to do battle later down the track in the $5million Cox Plate where Anamoe was defeated last year by the barest of margins, on the track and in the steward’s room.

It’s a relatively small field this year but what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in class, with 8 of the 10 runners already being G1 winners. Look for some of these horses to continue onto the $1million Epsom Handicap on October 1 as the winner of the George Main Stakes is ballot exempt from the race.

This could only be the start of the blue army conquering the Spring Carnival with stable star Anamoe set to lead the charge, or will Zaaki spoil the party?

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