Am­phitrite out­smarts field to keep un­beaten spring alive

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MATHEW TOOGOOD THOU­SAND GUINEAS

AM­PHITRITE has capped a me­te­oric rise with a last-tofirst vic­tory in the Group 1 Thou­sand Guineas.

The Dar­ren Weir-trained filly’s un­beaten spring be­gan just over a month ago with vic­tory in the Sale maiden in coun­try Vic­to­ria and she has risen to ev­ery chal­lenge in her three starts since.

Af­ter a con­vinc­ing win in the Group 2 Ed­ward Man­i­fold Stakes (1600m) at Flem­ing­ton last week­end, con­nec­tions made the de­ci­sion to back-up Am­phitrite in the $500,000 fea­ture for fil­lies at Caulfield yes­ter­day.

With Craig Wil­liams in the sad­dle, Am­phitrite un­leashed a pow­er­ful fin­ish down the out­side of the field to grab Fun­da­men­tal­ist in the fi­nal strides of the 1600m race.

Am­phitrite ($13) de­feated Fun­da­men­tal­ist ($101) by a head, with 1¼ lengths to Group 1 win­ner Seabrook ($26) in third.

“It’s amaz­ing where these horses come from,” Weir said.

“Ob­vi­ously she showed us a lit­tle bit in her first prepa­ra­tion but noth­ing like this.

“She went out and ma­tured and turned into a nice, big strong filly.

“She has trained well and con­tin­ued to train well. She’s a beauty.

‘‘And the fur­ther she goes the bet­ter she’ll get.”

Weir sad­dled up three run­ners in the Thou­sand Guineas, with Am­phitrite con­sid­ered the best of the trio in the mar­ket. Sta­ble­mates An­jana and Krone ran fourth and eighth re­spec­tively.

“She (Am­phitrite) was in great shape but I didn’t know whether any of my three fil­lies were good enough,” Weir said.

“But they all ran as good as they could run.

“And the wide bar­ri­ers weren’t such a dis­ad­van­tage as I thought they would be.”

Am­phitrite could con­tinue her spring prepa­ra­tion in the Wake­ful Stakes ( 2000m) at Flem­ing­ton next month.

The pre­vi­ously un­beaten Smart Melody was sent out the $2.15 favourite and bounced to the front, with sec­ond favourite Thrill­ster on her out­side.

The pair gave a kick early in the straight be­fore be­ing col­lared, with Fun­da­men­tal­ist burst­ing from the pack in­side the fi­nal 200m be­fore Am­phitrite wound up out wide.

Smart Melody, who jockey James McDon­ald said was just over­do­ing it through the mid­dle stages of the race, fin­ished sev­enth.

Fun­da­men­tal­ist’s jockey Luke Nolen said the run­ner-up ran a ter­rific race.

“The win­ner must have run a real good sec­tional to beat us,” he said.

LAST TO FIRST: Jockey Craig Wil­liams rides Am­phitrite to a vic­tory.

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