She may not be fit enough for a resuming run this weekend by Group 1 winner Amanpour is still looking good for a spring campaign targeting the Myer Classic 2015 in Melbourne this November.
Top Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse admitted that after watching her last start Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner work with a stablemate on Tuesday morning, the five-year-old daughter of Northern Meteor wasn’t ready to kick off her latest campaign on Saturday.
“I don’t think she is quite fit enough and I would like to keep her another two weeks,” Waterhouse told Sky Sports Radio.
“She worked with Bohemian Lily this morning and Bohemian just had the edge on her and I just felt that Amanpour needed a little bit more work.
“I hate to start my horses when they are not properly fit. I think you do more damage to them doing that.”
That is despite Amanpour, a winner of four of her 18 career starts to date, having been nominated for both the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) and the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Randwick on the weekend.
Last seen taking out the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) over the mile at Randwick on April 11 during the autumn where she defeated Chris Waller’s classy mare Catkins by nearly two lengths, Amanpour is still an “exciting” spring prospect according to Waterhouse.
“This is a very, very exciting mare,” she said.
“She looks a picture and her coat is gleaming.”
While the mare, who was sold for $1.5 million to Rosemont Stud at an auction in May, holds entries for both the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17 and Moonee Valley’s weight-for-age classic the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) the following Saturday, Waterhouse confirmed a different target.
Amanpour is likely to be kept to a mile and heads towards the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day, October 31, this Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Other notable Myer Classic-bound hopes this spring include the Jason Coyle-trained dual Group 3 winner Slightly Sweet and John Thompson’s Flight Stakes winner First Seal who runs first-up this weekend in the Warwick Stakes.
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