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This article was written by Leo Powell for The Irish Field

Amelia's Jewel is a name to remember, though you have likely not seen her win on both of her juvenile starts to date.

That's is because she is trained in Australia by Simon Miller, and at the weekend her win in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes at Ascot had people getting very excited. Have we seen the latest racing star down under emerge?

This was Amelia's Jewel's second win in a pair of starts at Ascot, and on her debut she won the Listed Supremecy Stakes, and in both cases she has beaten Costume Party. Her win at the weekend under Patrick Carberry was a joy to behold, the only question being how far she would win the race?

While many Australian and New Zealand pedigrees will be unfamiliar to us, this is a filly whose breeding could just as easily be that of a Royal Ascot, Curragh or Deauville group winner. This two-year-old filly was perhaps prophetically named, being a homebred at Peter and Annie Walsh's Amelia Park. She is a daughter of the French Champion Sire Siyouni (Pivotal) and she is the first foal of the Listed-placed Canford Cliffs (Tagula) mare Bumbasina.

Irish winner

Bred and raced by Renzo Forni, Bumbasina won a maiden at Gowran Park and followed up at Killarney on her second and third outings, and, though she failed to win again, she was placed in Listed races at Killarney and Cork. Sent for sale at Tattersalls in July 2018, she was then purchased for 75,000gns by Louis Le Metayer's Astute Bloodstock.

Bumbasina, winning her maiden at Gowran Park, is the dam of Amelia's Jewel / Healy Racing

Whle Amelia's Jewel was retained, her yearling half-brother by Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock), a Group 1 winner in Australia and at Royal Ascot, recently topped Book 2 of the Magic Millions Perth Sale when selling for A$160,000.

Bumbasina has a colt foal by Blue Point (Shamardal) and was covered by the 2016 Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Capitalist (Written Tycoon). 

This is a female line that is on the up and up. Renzo Forni picked up quite a bargain when he gave €10,000 for a filly foal by Oratorio (Danehill) out of the winning mare Sagamartha (Rainbow Quest) at Goffs in 2008, the filly being sold through Jacqueline Norris' Jockey Hall Stud.

Named New pPlays, she never raced, but she has been a revelation at stud. Her first four foals have all won for Willie McCreery and their breeder, and the three fillies among them are Stakes horses.

Epona Plays

Dolce Strega (Zoffany won the Group 3 Athasi Stakes and is the dam of last year's two-year-old winner Alphonse Le Grande (Sea The Stars). Bumbasina was next, then followed two years later by the dual winner Raffaello (War Command).

Next up is the best of the quartet, Epona PLays (Australia). Three of her four victories have been in Group races, notably the Group 2 Ridgewood Pearl Stakes at the Curragh.

It is still hard to fathom how Siyouni could have stood his first four seasons at a fee of €7,000. He is now available, if you could get him, at 20 times that fee, last year being his first at €140,000.

His sons St Mark's Basilica (starting this year at €65,000 and due to shuttle) and Sottsass are at Coolmore, while his daughters Laurens, Ervedya, Etoile and Dream and Do have 11 Group/Grade 1 wins between them, three of them being French classic winners. Yet, the best is still to come.

 

 

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Shelby Sixtysix impresses against the very best!

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A star is born in WA

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Brooklyn Hustle 4 years or consistency at stakes level

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