Kiwi fillies Anabandana and Dowager Queen will be aimed at the 2011 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.
Success in the Thousand Guineas has eluded Kiwi trainers in recent times however Don Selwood and Graham Rogerson are looking to reverse the trend.
Anabandana has won her last four starts, including the Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, where she beat home Dowager Queen. Anabandana was also impressive in winning the Auckland Diamond Stakes at her previous campaign. Both of those wins were at Group One level in New Zealand, which should hold her in good stead for when she comes to Australia.
The Graham Rogerson trainer Dowager Queen is also being primed for the Thousand Guineas, however Rogerson also has some bigger races in mind for the filly.
Australian race fans will be a little more familiar with Dowager Queen thanks to her efforts in the Brisbane winter carnival, where she finished fourth in both the TJ Smith and the BRC Sires Produce Stakes.
Rogerson confirmed that Dowager Queen would be headed towards the Thousand Guineas but he also said that it wouldn’t be her main goal of the Melbourne spring carnival.
Such is Rogerson’s opinion of the filly; he is considering running her in the Cox Plate. No filly has won the Cox Plate since the great Surround in 1976, however Rogerson is firmly of the opinion that she is Group One star in the making.