Trainer Darren Weir has pencilled in the Wakeful Stakes for his improving filly Amphitrite after she stormed home to win the 2018 Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
Amphitrite only broke through for her maiden win at Sale four starts back and has now been undefeated this campaign with her fourth win on the trot and will now head to Flemington on the first day of the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival for the Group 2 $300,000 Mumm Wakeful Stakes (2000m).
“The plan was today was to run well and ride her for the Wakeful,” Weir said.
“On that 2000m is going to be right up her alley.”
Amphitrite ($13) jumped from the outside barrier in the fifteen horse field and Craig Williams was content to let her settle near the tail of the field.
Williams let the Sebring filly start to move forward approaching the home turn and she swooped on the leaders at the 200m to grab the $101 outsider Fundamentalist and record a head win.
Third placed Seabrook ($26) also came from well back in the field while the $2.15 favourite Smart Melody set the pace but faded in the straight to finish seventh.
“You would say the barrier was a disadvantage but had she drawn a gate she would have probably been muddled up in amongst them and wouldn’t have got clear galloping room,” Weir said.
“It was a great win and ended up being a good ride.”
“She (Amphitrite) showed us a little bit first prep, but nothing like this.”
“Went out and matured into a nice big strong filly, trained well and continued to train well and stay sound.”
“It is amazing what happens when those things go with you.”