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Anatina Thrown In Deep End For Gr1 Debut
Promising Victorian filly Anatina (Fastnet Rock-Quack, by Magic Ring) faces the biggest test of her short career to date when she lines up in Saturday's Gr1 Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill, reports horseracing.com.au. Trainer Robert Smerdon admits that Anatina, last-start winner of the Listed MSS Security Stakes at Flemington, is being thrown in the deep end, but is adamant she has the class to be in competitive in the Gr1 sprint. He said Anatina is not advantaged by the quality handicap conditions of the Galaxy, but believes that the Fastnet Rock filly will appreciate the 1100 metres at Rosehill. "At the weights, given it is a quality handicap, we are not well served," Smerdon said. "To me her distance range is 1000 to 1100 and it is a manner of finding an opportunity for her at a higher level. It is going into the deep-end." He added, "It is a matter of finding her a Group opportunity in that distance range...a top four finish would be good for her CV. She has a lot of ability and she is lightly-raced, so we don't know where she ends up." Anatina certainly has the pedigree to be a top-class sprinter, being a granddaughter of smart sprinting mare Mother Duck (Luskin Star), winner of four stakes races including the 1986 Gr3 Gimcrack Stakes.