Amade’s long awaited return

Last seen doing his best Chautauqua impersonation in the 2021 Bendigo Cup, the much loved Amade makes his return to the races on Saturday at Sandown for trainer Phillip Stokes and connections.

Initially starting his career off in France, the now 9yo moved to Australia in early March 2021 and won at Flemington at just his second Australian start. Since then he has raced exclusively on black-type level, but was unlucky not to secure another win. Overall, Amade had 19 career starts for 9 wins and three placings up to this date.

Amade wins at Flemington over 2600m in April 2021

Now back in full work, he has had three positive trials in preparation to his first start back this Saturday.

“He’s returned really well after the long spell. His work has been nice and strong and he hits the line well in his gallops. He obviously will need the outing, but he is looking great and I am really excited about him resuming on his path to hopefully the Adelaide Cup.”, says trainer Phillip Stokes in an update after Amade’s gallop Tuesday morning.

Amade will make his return in the 1800m BM100 Handicap with Daniel Moor booked to ride.

See all race details and the full field here.

With the winner of the Roy Higgins Quality over 2800m in March receiving a Golden Ticket to the 2023 Melbourne Cup, that race will also come under strong consideration. There are plenty of exciting options for the 9yo gelding.

Best of luck to all involved for Saturday’s race!