Chris Waller’s smart Thousand Guineas winning filly Amicus is on track to resume in Sydney’s Light Fingers Stakes 2015 on Valentine’s Day after a strong trial performance at Rosehill on Tuesday.
The Fastnet Rock three-year-old went out in the morning’s sixth heat, a three-year-old Group & Listed trial over 903m, and ran a close second behind the Lee Curtis-trained Press Report.
Top jockey Hugh Bowman was aboard Amicus and the pair crossed the line just a neck off the winner in a smart effort that caught the attention of the team including Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior.
Prior said she was now likely to resume at Randwick Racecourse on February 14 on Apollo Stakes Day in the $175,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) for fillies.
“She’s come back bigger and stronger this preparation,” he told Racenet.
“Hugh was really happy with her too and she’ll probably kick off in the Light Fingers Stakes on Apollo Stakes Day.”
Last year’s Light Fingers Stakes winner was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sweet Idea who went on two runs later to finish just a nose away second to Steps In Time in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill.
Amicus hasn’t raced since her three-quarter length victory over Traveston Girl when drawing away over the final 100m in Melbourne’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11.
That was her first look at the mile and she went into her maiden elite level test on the back of three previous top three runs including a second in the Thousand Guineas Prelude.
Her autumn campaign will again be targeted at Group 1 glory with the $420,000 winning filly nominated to take on the boys in the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse on March 7.
Early favourites in the pre-field Australian Guineas betting markets at bookies around the country include Peter & Paul Snowden’s Caulfield Guineas winning colt Shooting To Win and Fastnet Rock colt Petrology.
Prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Petrology won the Sandown Guineas in November before a first-up second to Java in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) back at Sandown-Hillside on January 26.
Amicus meanwhile can be found further down the tentative Australian Guineas futures odds at a quote of around $26 with connections yet to 100% confirm the race as her major Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival target.
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