Okita Soushi (3 c Gaileo - Amicus by Fastnet Rock) became the first winner for 2014 Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Amicus when the Joseph O'Brien-trained colt broke his maiden on debut at Fariyhouse on Friday for owner Toshihiro Matsumoto.
Settled just worse than midfield in the early stages, Okita Soushi was moved up to midfield at the halfway point. The Coolmore-bred colt was then asked to quicken and made up ground to take the lead with 200 metres left to travel and went on to post a four and a half length victory over the Aidan O'Brien-trained favourite Malawi (Galileo).
Bought for $500,000 by Chris Waller Racing at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Amicus went on to win five career starts and earnt over $800,000 in prize money. She is a daughter of stakes placed mare Gold Chant (El Moxie) while her second dam is Gold Anthem (Made Of Gold) who produced 11 winners headed by multiple Group 1 winner and successful sire Starspangledbanner (Choisir).
Amicus has an unraced two-year-old filly by Galileo (Sadler's Wells).
Some debut— Racing TV (@RacingTV) June 11, 2021
Okita Soushi (Galileo) sheds the maiden tag at the first time of asking in some style for @ShaneCrosse & @JosephOBrien2 at @Fairyhouse
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