2014 Thousand Guineas: Amicus Comes Out Victorious

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Sometimes, the punters get it completely wrong and the Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) turned out to be just the case. Despite not even starting in the top 3 in the punters’ table the Chris Waller trained Amicus comfortably won the race. In fact, the irony was that none of the top three punters’ favorite even made it to the top three, but were nearly top from the reverse end.

After the victory, Waller acknowledged jockey Hugh Bowman‘s role in the victory. “Great ride from Hugh, who got the cover at the right time which was critical – gave her a chance to relax,” said Waller. “It’s great to get another Group 1, you never get sick of it because they are hard to win,” he added.

Bowman later opined that Amicus was indeed a ‘really good filly’. “I won a maiden on her back in the autumn and I told Chris she was at least Stakes class,” Bowman said.
“Chris has planned this really well and once I got her smothered behind the leader she relaxed well,” he added.
“She was too strong then – a really good filly.”

The second place was claimed by the Tony Gollan trained Traveston Girl. It’s jockey Damien Browne later commented that his horse had been excellent. “She ran super; I was able to put a bit of pressure a fair way out and got them chasing her,” said Browne. “She gave 100 percent,” he added.

The Lee and Shannon Hope trained Sabatini finished third in the race while the Peter Moody trained Bring me the Maid finished fourth. The punter’s favorite Lumosty finished a disappointing eigth, while the second favorite Go Indy Go could only finish seventh.


James is an Australian Horse Racing enthusiast and latest news reporter

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