Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva will join the Chatswood Stud roster this year. He will stand for an $8,800 service fee.
Anacheeva (4h Anabaa – Monroe Magic by Zabeel) was retired last September after trainer Peter Moody declared an ongoing knee injury would hinder the horse’s progress at Group 1 level. “The knee was starting to show some wear and tear,” Moody said. “I never got the best out of him but he’s a Group 1 winner and has a lot of upside as a stallion.”
Anacheeva was a part of the penultimate southern crop of Widden shuttler Anabaa. He cost $110,000 when purchased by Rockmount Syndicate manager Geoff Guest at the 2009 Inglis Easter yearling sale.
The Chatswood newcomer is a brother G1 AJC Australian Derby winner Headturner (Anabaa) and a half-brother to G2 STC Premiere Stakes winner Kroner (Viking Ruler).
He won a Sale maiden in March 2010 and returned as a spring three year-old to win the Listed MVRC McKenzie Stakes and G3 MRC Guineas Prelude prior to an on-pace victory in the G1 Caulfield Guineas.
The knee injury hampered his autumn campaign although he was third home in the G1 AJC Derby behind Shamrocker and Retrieve. He was back in action for the G2 MRC Memsie Stakes earlier this season but was never a factor and finished with the tailenders.
Anacheeva will join a Chatswood line-up that includes G1 Blue Diamond winner Reward For Effort and evergreen sire Racer’s Edge who is still covering limited books at the Seymour stud. There was a vacancy on the roster after the deaths of Rakti and Niello last year.