The addition of a classic winner into any stable is always welcomed and Amphitrite took no time to thoroughly win over her new trainers when she trialled at Flemington on Friday.
The former Darren Weir-trained filly, who won the Thousand Guineas as she strung four wins together last spring, has not raced since she finished last as the favourite in the VRC Oaks in November, but she left the Lindsay Park team begging for more after a cameo over 800 metres.
“It was definitely learning today as we haven’t done much with her and she definitely exceeded my expectations,” co-trainer Ben Hayes said.
“She did everything right. She loaded well and really dominated the trial so I am really excited to get her to the races.
“She’s got a lovely temperament and she’s eating up. We have her out in the paddock here at Flemington and she seems to be coping really well and her trial today was as good as it gets.
“Jamie (Kah) was thrilled. She just jumped and she just travelled and Jamie’s comments were ‘she’s got gears’ and she thought she could have hit the line a lot harder and I think she still ran the fastest trial of the morning.
“The plan with her is to go to the Vanity next week and then the Australian Guineas and hopefully, if she’s in good form, everyone will be voting for her (in The All-Star Mile).”
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Amphitrite is currently entrenched in the top 10 for The All-Star Mile in eighth position with 3043 votes.
More immediately, the stable is looking forward to multiple Group 1 winner Redkirk Warrior getting out second-up to the 1400-metre journey of Saturday’s Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes.
“We were thrilled with the run (fifth, beaten 2.2 lengths) in the Australia Stakes,” Hayes said of last year’s winner of the Black Caviar Lightning-Newmarket Handicap double.
“We said he was a bit underdone with one trial going into it but his improvement from that race has been really good. We’ve been really happy with his work.
“He’s a horse that has won all his Group 1s in the autumn and he tends to peak at this time of year. Tom (Dabernig), back at the farm, said he looks like he’s back to his old self.”