Group One winner heads offshore

Article courtesy of TDN AusNZ. Written by Paul Vettise

Amphitrite (Sebring), raced by Flying Start Syndications, has been sold to undisclosed Japanese interests in a deal brokered by William Johnson Bloodstock.

She burst to prominence last season when, in the space of five weeks, she went from a maiden win at Sale to claiming the G1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield off the back of victory a week earlier in the G2 Edward Manifold S. at Flemington.

Amphitrite was initially prepared by Darren Weir and subsequently relocated to the Lindsay Park training operation of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig.

She triumphed in the G3 Vanity S. in her first appearance from her new quarters and subsequently finished third in the G1 Australian Guineas and a meritorious sixth in the inaugural running of the All-Star Mile.


Amphitrite failed to recapture her best form during a spring campaign last year and was unplaced in the G1 Empire Rose S. at her last appearance. She retires having won five of her 17 career starts and, together with a further three placings, her stake earnings topped $750,000.

MM Adelaide buy

Amphitrite was purchased for $50,000 by Weir and Flying Start Syndications at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale where she was offered by Goldin Farms.

Cameron Bennett started Queensland-based, Flying Start, just over three years ago and Amphitrite has proven a huge thrill for her group of mostly first-time owners.

“The Amphitrite syndicate are all newcomers to Flying Start … indeed, quite a few of them are first time owners, there’s about 40 in the syndicate,” said Bennett following her win in the G1 Thousand Guineas.

“I had marked down 11 yearlings at the sale but a lot of them were going for too much money and I managed to secure Amphitrite for $50,000. I like the Sebrings, I like the family and although she was a bit leggy… I was happy to pick her up for that money.”

A half-sister to two winners, she is out of Ocean Dream (Redoute’s Choice) who was successful on two occasions.

The dam is a sister to the G1 Toorak H. winner and G1 Queensland Derby runner-up Marble Halls (NZ) (Nassipour {USA}) and they are out of a three-quarter sister to the former champion filly and G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Powley (NZ) (Noble Bijou {USA}).

It is also the family of Sleek Chassis (Flying Spur), a precocious filly who won three times as a 2-year-old including victory in the G1 Blue Diamond S. EditionArticle