Anabaa Juvenile Sizzles In New Zealand

Marcus CorbanQuality kiwi filly Anabandana made it two group wins from four runs when she proved too strong for her rivals in today’s NZ$100,000 Group Two Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m).

Prepared by Don Sellwood, Anabandana was racing for the first time since winning the Group Two Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

In today’s race the Anabaa filly proved much too strong for her rivals – streaking clear under Opie Bosson to beat Beejay Belle by a length and three quarters.

Queen Boudicca was another length back in third place under Vinnie Colgan.

Anabandana was purchased by leading New Zealand bloodstock agent Marcus Corban for $26,000 from the Reavill Farm draft at the 2009 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

Corban bought the filly on behalf of Hamilton based client Christopher Grace – a happy man whose $26,000 investment is looking a masterstroke.

She’s already earned over NZ$110,000 and looks to have an extremely bright future as a racehorse and down the track as a broodmare prospect.

She is by Anabaa – the sire of outstanding female gallopers including Goldikova, Virage de Fortune, Imananabaa, Court, French Bid and this season’s Villiers Stakes winner Dances on Waves.

She is the second winning produced by her dam – the well bred but unraced Nureyev mare Great Notice.

As well as Anabandana, Great Notice is the dam of four other winners including the Gimcrack Stakes winner Gybe.

Great Notice is a full sister to the international stakes winner European Rose – best known in recent times as the dam of New Zealand One Thousand Guineas winner King’s Rose.

Winner: Anabandana (Anabaa-Great Notice)
Race: Matamata RC Matamata Breeders’ Stakes G2 (1200m)
Sold for: $26,000
Sale: 2009 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale
Vendor: Reavill Farm
Buyer: Marcus Corban Bloodstock
Earnings: NZ$110,000
Owner(s): CJ Grace
Trainer: Don Sellwood