Bancroft became the first winner for Bombora Downs’s Irish bred stallion Annenkov at Lismore on Saturday.
Having his first start for Matthew Dunn, the gelding shared front-running duties with He’s A Wag (Clang) in the Winning Post Function Centre Maiden (1200m) before surging clear in the closing stages.
Bancroft is owned by a Viva Racing syndicate and had been based with Jarrod McLean at Warrnambool until December.
His dam Cult Figure (Ahonoora) won a LR Morphettville Guineas and she’s also foaled Caulfield stakes winner Cargo Cult (Spectrum).
Annenkov won two races at Maisons-Laffitte and was stakes placed at Deauville and Chantilly. OTI owners Simon O’Donnell and Terry Henderson brought him to Australia for a Listed win at Flemington plus a Group 1 placing in Perth.
The Irish bred son of Danehill is a brother of G1 French Oaks winner Aquarelliste from the immediate family of Cape Verdi. He initially stood at Allandale Park in NSW and has been based him at Bombora Downs on the Mornington Peninsula since 2013.
Bombora Downs has entered five yearlings on behalf of clients for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Three are by local sires Reset, Written Tycoon and Turffontein in addition to colts by High Chaparral and Star Witness.