Chris Waller’s decision to campaign Amicus in Melbourne for the spring carnival paid big dividends as the lightly raced filly claimed the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
Rather than staying in Sydney for the Princess Series and focusing on the Group 1 Flight Stakes, Amicus was shipped south of the border early in her preparation and was able to justify the leading trainers decision.
Amicus, who placed second in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude a start prior, proved too strong Traveston Girl and Sabatini under the guidance of Hugh Bowman.
“I rode this filly when she won her maiden and I anticipated good things from her,’’ Bowman said.
“I said to Chris it would be my recommendation he send her for a spell and set her for the Princess Series and the Flight Stakes in Sydney.
“Chris decided instead to send her to Melbourne for the Thousand Guineas and had she not run here (Caulfield) previously, I doubt she would have won today.
“She was a bit awkward on the turn but I had the filly to capitalise on the run we had.’’
Amicus was purchased on the advice of Mulcaster Bloodstock for $500,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
By Fastnet Rock out of Gold Chant, Amicus is a close relation to multiple Group 1 winner Starspangledbanner.