Anacheeva launched his winning Caulfield Guineas campaign at Moonee Valley 12 months ago and fellow Easter graduates Amah Rock and Kneeling may do exactly the same after ultra impressive stakes wins on Saturday.
Amah Rock (Fastnet Rock) was coming off an eye-catching Echuca debut to win the Listed McKenzie Stakes. He unleashed a powerful finishing burst to nail Hot Spin in the final few bounds. Tyreel Stud sold him to NZ agent Dean Hawthorne for $200,000 at the 2010 Easter yearling sale.
Anacheeva won the same race last year before going on to claim the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. A son of Anabaa, he cost $110,000 at the 2009 Easter yearling sale.
Amah Rock is the last foal to race from Gainesville (Afleet) who foaled 11 winners from 11 to race. They include the Bite The Bullet stakes performers Money Begets Money and Mica’s Pride.
Gainesville is also second dam of the stakes winners Gaze On (Intergaze), Bhutane Dane (Danehill Dancer), Varenna Miss (Redoute’s Choice) and Silently (Anabaa).
Patinack Farm filly Kneeling finished over the top of hot favourite Hallowell Belle and Secret Hills for an Inglis trifecta in the Listed Crockett Stakes.
Kneeling (Encosta De Lago) was a $340,000 buy at the 2010 Easter yearling sale. The promising three year-olds capped a big day for Inglis graduates at the Valley following Booklet (Tale Of The Cat) and There’s Only One (Testa Rossa).