Graceful start to 2011 at Randwick

Warwick Farm trainer David Pfieffer has his top-class mare Graceful Anna all set for a first-up tilt at the Listed Carrington Stakes at Randwick on New Year’s Day.  

Graceful Anna (4m Canny Lad – Lamellar by Grand Lodge) hasn’t been seen since the winter carnival.  She won the Listed Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast and then weighed in after the G3 BTC Classic at Doomben and the G2 QTC Cup at Eagle Farm.

She was tipped out after finishing more than four lengths adrift of Black Piranha in the G1 Stradbroke Hcp.

Graceful Anna is a great advertisement for the Magic Millions.   She was knocked down at the company’s Gold Coast sales complex as a weanling ($14,000), yearling ($25,000) and as 2YO HIT ($38,000).

Former trainer Oliver Koolman purchased Graceful Anna as a two-year-old and she joined the stables of Pfeiffer after Koolman decided to retire from training.  The filly has now won 6 races from 11 starts and earned $933,000.

Graceful Anna won at Kembla Grange and Gosford before breaking the track record in the Magic Millions 3YO Stakes at Wyong in December.  She followed up with a Group 3 in the Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben on Boxing Day and struck it rich when a brilliant winner of the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy in January.

Graceful Anna is by Darley sire Canny Lad from a winning half sister to the Adelaide stakes winner Catriona.  Her dam Lamellar is now based in Western Australia and Kintore Stud owner Allan Young kept her Hurricane Sky filly when bidding failed to a reach a $50,000 reserve at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions in January.  She has been named Libby Lu.