Back To Back for Amadeus
Dec 14, 2018
It was a lovely case of history repeating on Pakenham Cup Day with one of the stable favourites Amadeus recording his second consecutive victory in the rich VOBIS Gold Bullion.
It was the six-year-old entire's third success at the Pakenham track, the bay's other victory coming at Cranbourne back in March 2016. Since that time he has proven to be a reliable galloper amassing over $360,000 in prize money for his proud owners including breeder Joan Walker.
On course with a group of friends to cheer on her beloved homebred, Joan was thrilled to bits - as were we to put another winner on the board for one of our most loyal long time clients.
Doing a bit of early work to sit second from a wide gate, Amadeus settled well for Craig Williams who has a good relationship with the horse. Joining the lead early in the straight, he had plenty of challengers but just kept fighting - really pinning his ears back and digging deep.
"He really loved stretching his neck out to the wire," Craig Williams said, adding that he had been confidence since riding the horse in a Cranbourne jump-out the previous Monday.
"I could see how much he had developed, they have done a really good job managing him."
"It is always great to win a race for Mrs Walker," he continued, "as she has so much passion and love for the game and she takes a lot of pride in this horse, he is her baby."
Michael Kent was delighted to see Amadeus back in winning form after a series of good runs behind the likes of Iconoclasm and Widgee Turf.
"He had a bit of a rushed prep to get to the VOBIS Gold Star at Moonee Valley and he is better freshened so he has spent a bt of time at the beach since and we have been really happy with him."
"We set him for this race, he jumped out on Monday and went really well. He got to the front a bit earlier than I would've liked today but he hung on."
"He is a nice 78 graded horse and it is great to come here and run for that sort of money," Kent said, adding that Amadeus is likely to have a summer run at Flemington before a freshen up looking towards the VOBIS meeting at Caulfield in April.
Amadeus hails from a family from which Joan Walker has been breeding for several generations, considering his stakes placed Group One placed fifth dam Impulsive to be her favourite horse - that mare producing the wonderful stayer Reckless.
Joan is still breeding with Amadeus' dam Jaywalk, welcoming a lovely Reward For Effort filly (pictured) just recently - a full sister to two-year-old Reward.
"She is the friendliest foal on the farm this year!" said Chatswood Stud's Nic Willis.