Oaks Sensation Anapurna To Have Break After Superb Group One Win

John Gosden's Superstar Anapurna put in a marvellous performance in the Classic Epsom Oaks at the weekend but will be rested before being sent back out onto the track.

Owner Mark Weinfeld Was initially planning on running his filly in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh but these plans have now been scrapped and the three year old will now take a well deserved break before Gosden eyes his next target for the Group 1 winner.

Her owner/breeder had a mixed time of things at Epsom Downs as his Derby hopeful Telecaster finished last of he 13 runners after Weinfeld supplemented the runner for £85,000 just a few days before the contest.

If he was to change his mind and run the Oaks winner at the Curragh at the end of July he would have to fork up some more cash in the region of €40,000 to see her have a chance of winning another black type race.

(Credit Racing Post) Weinfeld said: "I don't think we're going to [go for the Irish Oaks]. She had quite a hard race and John [Gosden] is quite keen on giving her a break and an autumn campaign."

As mentioned, the owner had a mixed time of things at the Investec Derby Festival but overall will be pleased with coming away with one Classic winner, with Frankie Dettori giving Anapurna one of the rides of the week.

"It did go by in bit of a blur," Weinfeld said. "Friday was absolutely fabulous and Saturday was disappointing as you can imagine."

Weinfeld is now starting to truly establish himself in the sport, with his horses from Meon Valley Stud starting to land some big contests.

He added: It's so difficult to breed a horse that's good and to keep it intact so it can get to the races.

"We've come close several times in the Oaks so we're over the moon. We've now got a fabulous mare to come back to stud.

"John trained her to perfection as she was a bit tricky when she was younger. It was a superb ride from Frankie [Dettori] and a great result for the team at the stud as a huge amount of work has gone into it."

There is a thought in the air that this break for the filly may see her return towards the back end of the season with the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe being a raced that has been thrown into the mix.

John Gosden has won three of the last four renewals of the race with Golden Horn and Enable in the last two years of the Group 1 feature contest.

Anapurna would be in safe hands with the trainer if she was to go for the contest but the owner is very wary on going down that route as he has never had a great record with his fillies taking on the colts.

I'm never a great one for taking on colts with fillies," Weinfeld added. "If John twisted my arm and thought it was really the way we should go it might be something else to think about. There's the Prix Royallieu at the Arc meeting which is now a Group 1 and the fillies' and mares' race on Champions Day at Ascot."

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