Andrea Atzeni off to a flying start for Amlin
Amlin-sponsored jockey Andrea Atzeni has just won the Chester Oaks on Anipa, trained by Roger Varian.
Below is a link to the Racing Post live news feed, and their report on the filly.
Anipa gives her all for Cheshire Oaks win
ANIPA may not have brought the hottest of form lines but kept her winning streak on the roll to offer connections a Classic option with a win in Chester’s version of the Oaks.
The daughter of Sea The Stars won a 0-75 handicap on her most recent start and was ignored at 16-1 as the market was dominated by Ballydoyle runner Terrific, the 15-8 favourite whose yearling price tag was 1,300,000 guineas.
Yet Terrific never really promised to live up to her name as pacesetter Secret Pursuit held on for second, beaten half a length, with Bright Approach third at 5-2.
Anipa is not entered in the Investec Oaks and a run would cost her owner-breeder Nurlan Bizakov £30,000 for a supplementary entry. Winning trainer Roger Varian was non-committal immediately afterwards as Paddy Power introduced Anipa into the Oaks betting at 33-1.
“She’s a tough little filly and clearly improving,” said Varian.
“On ratings she had to step up on what she did previously. I thought her price reflected her chance and we wanted to finish in the first three, so we’re delighted.
“At this stage I wouldn’t want to commit [to the Oaks]. She does keep improving and surprising us and she handles these quirky tracks well.”
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