TALENTED Albury apprentice jockey Amanda Masters will be chasing her first city victory when she partners group 2 winner Diplomatic Force at Caulfield on Saturday.
Trained at Benalla by Wayne Nichols, Diplomatic Force resumes from a 15-week spell in the $80,000 CFV Nightingales Plate (1100m).
Diplomatic Force has a lethal record when fresh with four previous first-up victories from nine previous attempts.
Masters recently outrode her claim in country NSW but will be able to claim three kilograms at Caulfield, reducing Diplomatic Force’s weight to 54½ kilograms.
The eight-year-old gelding was an impressive trial winner at Wangaratta last week with Masters.
“He sat back last in his trial and when I asked him to go he put paid to them fairly quickly,” she said.
“He has got a terrific fresh record and Wayne only decided to trial him to get a gauge on where the horse was at.
“He is used to lumping big weights and he won’t know himself on Saturday when he only has to carry 54½-kilograms.”
Masters has previously ridden a few city placings including a third on the Rob Wellington-trained Simmo at Warwick Farm earlier this year.
Diplomatic Force is one of the most talented gallopers to be trained in the North East with victory in the group 2 Yallambee Stud Stakes at Morphettville in 2008 and next start a third in the group 1 Goodwood.