Lindsay Park senior trainer David Hayes is looking forward to the month ahead with stable newcomer Amphitrite following a first-up win in the Vanity at Flemington today.
A Group One winner of the Thousand Guineas for Darren Weir last spring, Amphitrite made her way to Lindsay Park after her former trainer’s four-year disqualification last week.
Hayes is eyeing two 1600-metre races at Flemington with the three-year-old. Next step is the Gr. 1 Australian Guineas on March 2 ahead of the inaugural All-Star Mile two weeks later.
Amphitrite moved to $5 second favourite behind Mystic Journey in the Australian Guineas and to an $8 equal third favourite for the All-Star Mile.
Ridden by Craig Williams, Amphitrite scored by a length from another former Weir-trained galloper, the Kiwi filly Verry Elleegant, with $3.40 favourite Fundamentalist a long-head away third.
“We’ve only had her 11 days and she arrived in great order from the Darren Weir stable and luckily we’ve been able to hold her form,” Hayes said.
“It’s an exciting month ahead as we’re heading to the All-Star Mile, hopefully she gets enough votes to get in, via the Guineas.”
Hayes said he did a “little tap dance” when he learned Amphitrite was heading to Lindsay Park.
“She’s a progressive filly and exciting to get as it’s all ahead of her,” Hayes said. “With some Group One winners you get they may be past their best.
“I know she ran a shocker at her last start, they often do at the end of their preps, so it’s a real relief to see her come back and do that.”