Promising filly Amuri is headed back to Melbourne to chase black type honours after a stunning six-length maiden win over 1000m at Morphettville on Saturday.
Angaston-based trainer Tony McEvoy had no hesitation nominating the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes on Oaks Day at Flemington on November 5 as the three-year old’s target after she justified the stable’s confidence in her talents.
McEvoy and co-trainer and son Calvin claimed the Red Roses over 1100m last year with Sisstar.
“The ownership group agrees that will be her next run,” Tony said.
“That win was what I thought she would do to a maiden.
“We threw her in that big race at Flemington knowing she had the ability, but she just did not have the package first-up and floated down the straight.
“She was only beaten four and a half lengths and was very good. This time of the year it is all about getting into the next race, so I felt we would whip back to Adelaide.
“The ownership group really supported me, let her do that. She will sleep well tonight, she will be really proud of herself. As she should be.”
Such is the opinion the stable has for Amuri, her only other start was in the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes over 1100m at Flemington on September 12 when she finished 11th.
McEvoy described Amuri as an athletic filly who doesn’t carry much condition.
“She had the trip back (from Melbourne) and we just cruised with her,” he said.
“She had one little breeze up my grass, she is a real athlete and doesn’t need much training.
“That run was fantastic and she has a big future. She has always had a great action, great economics and is faster than most.”
McEvoy mentioned Amuri had endured a “bit of a checkered time” and had required throat surgery.
Dual Group 1 winner Behemoth continued his preparation for The Everest at Randwick on October 17 with a gallop between races.
Working with classy sprinter Parsifal, trained by Will Clarken, Behemoth satisfied trainer David Jolly with his effort.
“(Jockey) Kayla (Crowther) was very happy, said he felt nice and sharp,” Jolly said.
“She just let him slip up the last 400m and they went pretty steady.
“It was just a matter of getting him away from home and stretching his legs. He looked really good and did not have much of a blow when he pulled up, so I’m very happy.”