Anapurna set for British Champions Day


John Gosden's Epsom Oaks winner Anapurna got back to winning ways on Saturday when landing the Group 1 Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp and after that performance there are rumours she could have one more run before she bows out of the sport.

Anapurna to the surprise of many is going to be retired to stud at the end of the season having only raced six times but in that time span has landed three races including two Group One wins which ultimately will make sure that owners will have to pay a hefty price for her to mate with certain horses.

The three year old has gone under the radar this season after her win in the Oaks but after bouncing back to form on the big stage her entry Group 1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on October 19th looks even more appealing.

It could be a risk with her owner and breeder Mark Weinfeld is very keen on getting her to stud but she does have a big opportunity to score in another high profile race.

(Credit Racing Post) Weinfeld said: "We absolutely plan to keep Anapurna and will retire her at the end of this year. We have an entry for Champions Day and will see how she comes out of this race before we decide whether or not to go there.

"Dash To The Top [Anapurna's dam] has been very tricky to breed, so we don't have a foal at foot. She's not in foal and she doesn't have a yearling or a two-year-old, but we live in hope of getting another one."

Saturday's win showed a welcome return to form for the Gosden's filly after disappointing in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in September.

Anapurna is now a general 6/1 shot for the Fillies & Mares, in a market headed  Star Catcher at 5/2.