Group 1-winning filly Amphitrite has two chances to land a spot in next month's $5 million All-Star Mile but she might only need the first opportunity following her super first-up win in the Vanity Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Having her first run for the Lindsay Park stable after being transferred from Darren Weir's yard, the Thousand Guineas winner of last spring showed great acceleration to put the race away inside the 200-metre mark.
On the line, the $3.90 chance had a length to spare over the wayward but fast-finishing Verry Elleegant ($7), with a long head to Fundamentalist ($3.40) in third place.
Voting for The All-Star Mile closes on Monday at noon and co-trainer David Hayes said he expected Saturday's performance would catch the eye of those yet to vote.
As at Friday afternoon, when the progressive voting was taken down from The All-Star Mile website, Amphitrite was placed 12th with 4287 votes - some 300 astern of 10th-placed Moss 'N' Dale.
"That was the performance of an All-Star horse if I've ever seen one," Hayes quipped. "Punters should get behind her and vote because she's a genuine chance of winning the race."
Amphitrite's other path into the inaugural All-Star is via the $1m Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 2.
Given the classic is run over The All-Star Mile course of 1600m and is two weeks before the race, the winner seems assured of gaining one of the four wildcards officials are to issue for the race.
Hayes said the stable was thrilled to have such a versatile galloper - 'she's a hamburger with the lot' - in his stable.
"She couldn't have been more impressive," he said. "We've had her about 11 days and she arrived in great order from the Weir stable.
"We are going to The All-Star Mile - as long as we can get in - via the Guineas so it's going to be an exciting month."
Amphitrite and Craig Williams, picture Quentinjlang.com