According to trainer, Gavin Groth, Annie’s Street was always destined to run in Sunday’s Orica Moree Cup.
It’s not hard to understand Groth’s thinking either – the seven-year-old mare ticks all the boxes – she runs a good 1400m, she is a previous Moree winner, she is proven in open class company, and she is second-up after a terrific first-up win at Gunnedah on August 16.
“She was always headed for that race,” Groth said.
“If I was being honest, she has won first up here at home in a lesser race, but when we set her for that 1300m open race at Gunnedah, I thought if she finished in the first four, I would be happy.
“The way she won really surprised me and she has come through it really well and she is firing for a race like the Moree Cup.”
The Gunnedah trainer believed his Equiano mare would only come on from the first-up win after working well earlier in the week.
“She did her fast work yesterday morning and worked really well and we got our people to go over her this morning and she got through okay,” Groth said.
“Now it’s a matter of getting her through the week and hopefully drawing a barrier.”
It won’t be an easy task by any means, with 25 nominations for the $40,000 feature event, but Groth said the race would fall away to some extent following acceptances on Thursday.
“Cav’s (Brett Cavanough’s) horse goes good, Peter Sinclair’s always go good at Moree and John Ramsey’s horse went in the Oaks,” Groth said.
“It will fall away a little bit though, there are a few horses that go pretty good that are in the 1500m race at Muswellbrook and I imagine some will go there.”
Regardless of what horses turn up at Moree to face the in-form Annie’s Street, Groth indicated they would need to be ready for a battle.
“I am really confident, I think she will be really competitive,” Groth said.
“She is a dead set trier, if you were going to war, she is the one you would stand beside – she is a tough horse.”
Unfortunately, Clayton Gallagher, who guided Annie’s Street to her previous victory, won’t be able to ride her on Sunday, with the mare allocated the minimum weight of 55kg.
“I just spoke to his (Gallagher’s) manager, and she never got enough wait for Clayton,” Groth said.
“He was offered the ride and was going to take it, but she would have to carry 1.5kg extra to accommodate him and with this being a stronger race, we just couldn’t do it.
“As we stand, I’ve got to have a bit of a think and work out who we put on her.”