Amphitrite ran a disappointing race for Craig Williams (Image: Racing Photos)
The Kennedy Oaks was a race that Darren Weir would rather forget as his two top fillies Amphitrite and Verry Elleegant both struggled under the pressure of the 2500-metre contest.
Amphitrite was a firm $3 favourite for the $1 million race but was eased out of the contest in the concluding stages by jockey Craig Williams, finishing last.
"It was really disappointing, she had the right form, she was the best horse in the race," said Williams.
"We got in to a lovely position, we had the right horses to take us in to the race, she came under pressure before we straightened, and she wanted to lean in, which is normal for her, I know her really well.
"I put her under full pressure and she put in a couple of short strides so her welfare had to come first and so I eased her out of the race."
Verry Elleegant was on the second line of betting at $5 but once again it was her manners that played against her according to jockey John Allen.
The lightly-framed filly was eased to the back of the field in the early stages but was reluctant to settle and eventually finished seventh.
"You can't win a Group 1 race when you pull for the first mile, she just never really got into a rhythm and the slow tempo didn't help either, start from scratch next prep and hopefully she can learn to do things properly," Allen said.