On the back of the recent announcement that Winx’s half-brother Boulder City would be calling the Benalla property home is the exciting news that Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva will also stand at Riverbank this spring.
Despite his excellent racing and pedigree credentials, Anacheeva has never served large books of mares but owner Geoff Guest maintains the faith and is hopeful that a new home will see the ten-year-old afforded better opportunities.
“He has shown that, with the right mare, he can produce a good horse,” Guest said, pointing to his own success with home-bred Ana Royale, winner of the Group 3 SA Fillies Classic and Group 1 placed in the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville and the Queensland Derby at Doomben.
Winner of one of Australia’s premier stallion making races, Anacheeva has his name on the Caulfield Guineas honour roll alongside the likes of Starspangledbanner, Lonhro, Show A Heart, Redoute’s Choice, Grosvenor, Sovereign Red, Luskin Star, Vain, Ajax and Heroic.
Also the winner of the Group 3 Guineas Prelude and the Listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes, Anacheeva amassed just short of $1 million in stakes.
A versatile galloper, he was a three-length winner at two-years-old over 1200 metres on debut, before finishing right in the thick of things when fourth in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.
Proving himself to be one of the state’s best three-year-olds with his Caulfield victories, he was also a gutsy third in the AJC Derby won by Shamrocker indicating he could show perform from 1200 metres right through to 2400 metres.
Anacheeva is one of the 88 stakes winners sired by the outstanding Danzig stallion Anabaa, the July Cup winner who is one of the great shuttling success stories with Group 1 winners in both hemispheres – Goldikova, Anabar, Anabaa Blue, Plumania, Amonita, Style Vendome and Rouvres in the north and in the south Yell, Virage de Fortune, Anabandana, Le Drakkar, Imananabaa, Teranaba and Headturner.
The latter, winner of five races including the AJC Derby, is a full brother to Anacheeva; their dam being the wonderful Monroe Magic.
“Everything she throws is fantastic,” Guest enthused, noting that the daughter of the influential Zabeel is also dam of the New Zealand Group One winner O’Marilyn and the Group 2 galloper Kroner.
“Anacheeva is a nice addition to complement our existing stallion roster as he brings the bloodlines of Anabaa and hails from a superior family,” said Dr Duddy.
Riverbank has nominated Anacheeva for VOBIS Sires giving his future progeny access to $24 million in VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney every racing season including the $1 million Showdown race.
Anacheeva will stand for a service fee of $3,300 (incl GST) this season.
For further information contact Russell Osborne on 0423 768 155 or visit www.riverbankfarm.com.au