Victorian-bred filly Amicus is one of the most valuable fillies in Australia after her Group 1 victory in Saturday’s Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
Amicus was a $500,000 buy at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions from the draft of Tyreel Stud, acting as agent for Makybe breeder Tony Santic. Trainer Chris Waller said the filly had always shown great ability and he also praised jockey Hugh Bowman at the presentation.
“It was a gem of a ride – Hugh was the difference,” Waller said. “He switched her off beautifully and saving that energy was the key. But it’s a team effort and our Melbourne staff complement the Sydney operation.”
Bookmakers firmed Amicus for the G1 Victorian Oaks but Waller indicated he would not be rushing into making a decision on whether she would press on to Flemington.
“I won a maiden on her in back in the autumn and said to Chris she’s stakes class,” Bowman recalled. “He was smart enough to bring her down here early for a couple of runs in readiness for today.”
The Fastnet Rock filly is from stakes performed El Moxie mare Gold Chant – a five time winning half sister to Starspangledbanner. Santic sent the mare back to Fastnet Rock last year and she foaled another filly in August.