New star by Anabaa

Trainer Freddie Head will set Anodin for the G1 French 2000 Guineas next month after the colt scored a season-opening victory at Longchamp on Monday.

Anodin (3c Anabaa – Born Gold by Blushing Groom) had been runner-up at both starts late last year for owner-breeders Alain and Gerard Wertheimer.  He won the Prix Machado (1600m) on turf by over a length under Olivier Peslier.

Anodin is a younger brother to champion mare Goldikova.  They are by former Widden shuttler Anabaa from Born Gold, a sister to the 1993 Coronation Stakes winner Gold Splash.  The family traces back to 1981 Arc de Triomphe winner Gold River.

“He’s really pleased me with the way he finished,” Head said.  “Like his sister, he’s a horse who has taken a little time but he’s shown us something today with a good burst of finishing speed.”

Goldikova won 14 Group 1 events including four editions of the Prix Rothschild at Deauville and she also claimed the Breeders’ Cup Mile three times between 2008 and 2010.  She delivered her first foal by Galileo in February.