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Amore Primus on Oaks path

By Glenn Davis

It’s a long way from Gatton to the Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm but that’s the path being set for promising three-year-old Amore Primus.

Amore Primus tackles the QTIS Three-Year-Old Benchmark 60 Handicap over 1600 metres at Gatton on Tuesday, which Deagon trainer Jason Edwards hopes will be another guide to the filly taking the leap to the Group 1 Queensland Oaks.

The Queensland Oaks wasn’t run last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced Racing Queensland to cull a number of the major Brisbane winter carnival races last year.

Amore Primus has started seven times for two wins and a second, returning more than $60,000 in prizemoney.

The daughter of Love Conquerors All has been a good money spinner for her 19 owners so far, after being sold for only $10,000 at the Magic Millions March sales at the Gold Coast in 2019.

Amore Primus was most impressive winning against her own age over 1500 metres at Kilcoy last month.

Edwards has been training for only five years and has a team of 15 horses in work, including stable star Sir Barnabus who is back in work after finishing sixth to Grey Lion in the Listed Queensland Cup over 2200 metres at Eagle Farm last in October.

Edwards has a big opinion of Amore Primus who was having only her second start this campaign when successful at Kilcoy.

“It could be a bit of a pipe dream as the Oaks is a long way off but she’s got a lot of owners so that’s what the plan is,” said Edwards.

“I’ve always thought she will stay and every jockey that has ridden her has the same opinion.”

Amore Primus has been ridden in both starts this campaign by Justin Stanley who has retained the ride in the QTIS race.

“She was very impressive winning at Kilcoy which isn’t a track that suits her,” he said.

“Gatton also might not suit her but she’s come on since her last win so I think she’ll be very hard to beat.”

Edwards also has Hallsidehankypanky chasing a hat-trick of wins in the 860-metre TAB Benchmark 68 Handicap, as well as Dream Weaving in the 1100-metre Maiden Handicap.

“Girish Goomany is riding Dream Weaving and she’s third up from a spell and should go well while Hallsidehankypanky has won her last two and is a flying machine,” he said.

“I’ve only got three runners and I’m a chance of winning with all three.”