Masters ready to ride a winner

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.

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