Dec 12, 2017

Amadeus has never been the luckiest of horses and it was therefore wonderful to see him record such a dominant victory in such a nice race as the VOBIS Gold Bullion on Pakenham Cup Day.

It was a great day for the stable with all four of our runners (Oncidium Ruler, Coldstone and Leodoro the others) all filling placings but Amadeus was undoubtedly the star the day with his 2 1/4 length win over some very nice types.

Highly regarded from day one by the stable, Amadeus won his first two starts at three, earning black type with a Bendigo Guineas second to Silent Sedition at just his third outing. The world looked to be his oyster at that stage but a couple of weeks later he was badly galloped on at Caulfield.

"His tendon was severed and it took a long time to get him back into form with a few setbacks along the way," Mick Kent reported.

Amadeus had not had much luck during his current campaign either, badly held up for runs at his two previous outings - desperately unlucky not to have won at Kyneton in early November, diving late to only just miss out on the prize.

Despite this Amadeus was sent out at big odds at Pakenham with even Kent wary of the rise in class.

"It was a tougher race and he was not really suited at the set weight and penalties conditions but we thought we'd have a throw at the stumps with such good prize money on offer."

The winner of three of his 13 starts, amassing just short of $160,000 in stakes, the son of Amadeus Wolf is a home-bred for long time stable client Joan Walker who has been breeding from the same family for generations.

Amadeus is out of the winning Dangerous mare Jaywalk whose third dam Impulsively is a half-sister to the Walker family's immensely popular galloper Reckless. Meanwhile her fourth dam is the stakes winner Impulsive, the Golden Slipper Stakes and 1000 Guineas placed filly still considered by Joan to be her favourite horse.

Whilst Amadeus may have another run before a break, his main aim will be chasing further bonus dollars with the VOBIS Gold Day at Caulfield in April a likely target.