After nearly 4 months away from the race track, Pax Anami made a great return to racing with a commanding win in the Class 3 Division 1 over 1400m on Sunday the 2nd Of August. The 5 year old son of Rebel Raider was purchased in Australia after winning a maiden at Ballarat when racing as “Cat Raider”.

His last start in the Group 2 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) was no indication of how well the horse was going, as he found an enormous amount of trouble and couldn’t get a crack at them when the sprint came on at the 300m mark.
A touch slow out of the gates, new rider Vlad Duric positioned the big bay a touch better than midfield on the outside about six lengths off the leader and favourite Strong N Powerful. Duric then improved his position to sit in a striking spot at the top of the straight. With a confident display of horsemanship, Duric rounded up the leaders and in the last 200m finished better on the outside to win with half-a-length to spare.

Pax Anami with Vlad Duric aboard gets the upper hand in the Class 3 Div 1 over 1400m.

Cliff has penciled in the Group 1 Singapore Derby (1800m) as a possible next start for Pax Animi on September 6th.“That was a good win, but I think there is still a lot of improvement to come out of this run. At his last run, he got badly held up in the straight and that was it. If not for that, he could have run a lot closer. We’ll quite possibly look at the Derby for him.”

With that third win from five starts, Pax Animi has now collected around $110,000 in stakes earnings for Buffalo stable’s Peter Lee and Nick Johnston. Both gentlemen were also in the ownership of Group 1 winner Laughing Gravy which also carried Nick’s all apricot colours.