Terrific performance by Statue of Liberty 2YO – Anadolu – in taking out the Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes-LR in Ireland on Sunday (11 July) and, in the process, became her sire’s 11th stakes winner.
Tracking the leader for most of the 5 furlong journey – the highly favoured Exceed And Excel filly Moonlit Garden – Anadolou pounced in the final furlong to score with half a length to spare.
A half sister to five other winners, including the stakes placed Libero Mercato (8 wins), Anadolu is out of the stakes winning Relaunch mare, Afto – a Group Two winner at Hollywood Park who hails from the family of dual Group One winner Avatar.
Statue of Liberty is currently wending his way to Australia from Japan via the United States, oblivious to the success of his progeny which include victories to Brierty (ex. Linamix mare Bridelina) on Friday and Fastfeet (ex. Langfuhr mare Landowska) in Europe on Saturday.
Following on from Hay List’s stunning victory in the Healy Stakes at the end of June, interest in the Storm Cat stallion has never been stronger and Statue of Liberty will again cover a full book of mares this spring (Fee: $17,600).
Hoofnote: Anadolu is trained by Tracey Collins, who had this to say following Anadolu’s debut victory at the end of May: “That’s my first horse for the owner Selman Tasbek who is a trainer in Turkey. Michael Keogh bred her for him and he decided to leave her here in Ireland. We don’t usually run our horses so quick but she came out of the race in the Curragh so well we decided to take our chances. We’ve always thought a lot of her and hopefully she’ll be able to step up a bit.”
She sure did Tracey!
And if you’re wondering where the name – Anadolu – hails from, it’s a university in Turkey which, surprisingly, is the fourth largest in the world by enrollment.