Peter Moody’s exciting and lightly raced mare Amelie’s Star stamped herself as a progressive stayer to watch during next year’s autumn carnival after an impressive victory when stepped up in grade for the Colin Stephen Quality 2015 at Rosehill Gardens.
The four-year-old daughter of Testa Rossa took on a field of more seasoned staying types on Golden Pendant Day in the $125,000 Group 3 Dilmah Tea Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) going out over the 2400m for the second time in as many starts.
Progressing massively through the ranks this time in, Amelie’s Star went from a maiden win at Hawkesbury in early August over 1800m before back-to-back Warwick Farm wins over 2100m and then 2400m respectively at Benchmark 75 level.
The Colin Stephen was her first black-type assignment and she made the leap in class without issue displaying a lovely turn of foot for a stayer to win running away as the $3.40 in betting through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Jockey Joshua Parr made it two wins from the first three races on the Rosehill card backing up from his success in the first aboard Mr One Eleven to guide Moody’s top fancied mare to victory in the Colin Stephen.
Soon after the jump the Gai Waterhouse-trained mare Bohemian Lily went up to lead the field around while Amelie’s Star was allowed to settle third and then fourth before switching off and travelling sweetly off the pace in sixth.
She and Parr stalked the other Waterhouse hope in the mix, King Kinshasa before starting to round them up as they hit the turn for home.
Forging to the front 250m out from the line, she flew home to secure four consecutive wins by an impressive three and a quarter lengths from Bohemian Lily ($5.50) while the Chris Waller-trained Reigning ($6) grabbed third after making up all the ground from the tail of the field.
Having been up for a while with a few hard runs over the past two months, the spring features have come too soon for Amelie’s Star.
With maturing still to do however she is shaping up as a force to be reckoned with in the staying features during the 2016 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the sky the limit after she left her rivals behind in the Group 3.
“She’s been amazing,” Moody’s stable representative Claire Cunningham said post-win.
“She’s a quality mare and she’s just shown today she’s got another thing up her belt.
“She’s been winning up on the pace…but she showed a good strong turn of foot even off the pace.”
Cunningham admitted when the mare broke her maiden status three back she had still looked very, very green and the speed in which she’s progressed into Group 3 winning form on a major spring race day was outstanding.
“She’s taken a little while,” she said.
“She has been green.
“I’ve really been surprised how she’s coped with this prep and stepped up in huge leaps and bounds.”
Winning hoop Parr was also impressed with Moody’s autumn hope and tipped her for bigger and better things in six to 12 months’ time.
“I think in six to 12 months’ time we could be looking at a really good stayer,” he said.
“Up in grade and up in weight she was taking on some really seasoned stayers in this and made them look really ordinary.
“She let down in great fashion and made my job very easy.”
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2015 Colin Stephen Quality Results & Finishing Order
Rosehill Race 3 – 26/09/2015
|1||9||AMELIE’S STAR||Peter G Moody||Joshua Parr||–||5||56.5kg||$3.30F|
|2||5||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||3.3L||3||56.5kg||$5|
|3||3||REIGNING||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4.8L||7||56.5kg||$6|
|4||4||KING KINSHASA (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||Sam Clipperton||5.1L||4||56.5kg||$5|
|5||8||SASENKILE||Tony McEvoy||Jason Collett||5.2L||2||56.5kg||$14|
|6||1||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||Tye Angland||7.5L||8||58kg||$6.50|
|7||2||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||Thomas Huet||10L||1||57.5kg||$41|
|8||6||RIO PERDIDO (FR)||Kris Lees||Christian Reith||16.8L||6||56.5kg||$26|
|–||7||TURNER BAYOU (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Ms Kathy O’Hara||–||0||–||–|