Lindsay Park’s head trainer David Hayes can see his Group 1 winning filly Amphitrite getting a perfect run from a good barrier in the Group 1 $1m Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Amphitrite has drawn barrier five in the sixteen horse Australian Guineas field with Craig Williams sticking with the Sebring filly.
“Has drawn to get a really good run,” Hayes said.
Amphitrite was having her first run for the Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig when she scored a first up win with Williams in the saddle in the Group 3 $160,000 The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington on February 16.
The Ex-Darren Weir trained filly won the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival and Hayes said he is thrilled with the way Amphitrite has come through her first up run for the stable.
“Thrilled with her. She hasn’t put a foot wrong. This will be the lead up to the All-Star Mile and deserves to be one of the favourites,” Hayes said.
Amphitrite has already secured a place in the $5m All-Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington on March 16 and a win in the Australian Guineas will definitely enhance her changes in the new concept race.
Early betting for the Australian Guineas at Ladbrokes.com.au had Amphitrite marked as the $4.20 favourite just ahead of Adam Trinder Tassie trained Mystic Journey at $4.60.
The Lindsay Park Team will also saddle up the highly rated Hawkshot ($7) and the Karaka 3yo Classic winner Long Leaf ($21).
Hawkshot will jump from the outside of the sixteen horse field with Mark Zahra in the saddle again after the pair scored an all the way win in the Group 2 $200,000 Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 9 while Long Leaf will jump from the middle of the pack at gate seven with Jamie Kah taking over from James McDonald who was aboard for the colt’s win in the $1m Karaka 3yo Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie in New Zealand on January 26.