Globetrotting import Amade set for Australian debut in Easter Cup for trainer Phillip Stokes and OTI
An Irish horse that raced in France and England will make his Australian debut at Caulfield for an Adelaide trainer, with a stable at Pakenham, 22 months after a Group 2 win in New York.
The only problem for OTI-owned Amade, under the care of astute horseman Phillip Stokes, the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) on Saturday could be about 2000m too short.
Bought with Melbourne Cup aspirations, the seven-year-old son of Casamento, a Godolphin stallion and sire of Group 1 Turnbull Stakes-winner Kings Will Dream, sustained a pelvis injury in 2019.
“He’s got a big set of lungs,” Stokes said.
“The more work you do with him the better, we give two laps and he wants to go a third and fourth lap as he‘s only just warming up.”
Despite not putting any “expectations” on Amade, first-up in 663 days, Stokes holds spring ambitions for the gelding, a winner of eight races from 13 starts, including the Group 2 Belmont Gold Cup (3219m).
“Still learning our way with him, more of a barrier trial (on Saturday), so to speak,” Stokes said.
“He hasn’t raced in a long time and still got fitness to come, but obviously the horse has got talent when he’s right, winning a Belmont Gold Cup.
“He’s had a couple of trials and jumpouts and galloped between races the other day with Good Idea.
“I could trial him as much as I want, but maybe if I give him a couple races it will help bring him on.”
Adelaide Cup winner Good Idea is bound for the Sydney Cup via the Easter Cup at Caulfield. Picture: Matt LoxtonSource:News Corp Australia
A noted dry-tracker, the out-and-out stayer Amade raced almost exclusively on synthetic tracks in France and England and put big winning margins on his opposition when racing beyond 3000m.
“I’m hoping we can recapture that form like he had when he was winning them races,” Stokes said.
“They bought him originally to run in the Melbourne Cup but that didn’t work out, we’ll live the dream and hopefully we can get him there.
“I’m really happy OTI gave me the horse to train, he’s something from left field, which I’m really enjoying.”
Adelaide Cup winner Good Idea, on a Sydney Cup path, will go around in the Easter Cup, while Group 1-winner Mr Quickie must overcome barrier 17 in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap.
Smart filly Aquagirl, a last-start winner at The Valley, and the explosive Octane, being aimed at the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap, round out a strong Stokes team at Caulfield.
Originally published asGlobetrotting import looks ready Amade for Cup
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