Unknown over 1800m and at the elite level of racing, exceptional Australian 3yo Siyouni filly Amelia’s Jewel gave connections no reason for concern as she defeated a top-class line up in the G1 Northerly Stakes on Saturday at Ascot, Western Australia.
Unbeaten in her first four starts, all at black type level, the Simon Miller trainee lost that unbeaten status narrowly at her fifth start before coming back with a bang to win the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) over the boys, before stepping up to the weight-for-age class on Saturday and scoring by length to give not only her trainer his first G1 success, but Ridgemont Highlands’ Canford Cliffs his first elite level score as a broodmare sire.
A homebred for Peter and Annie Walsh’s Amelia Park, Amelia’s Jewel advances her record to six wins and a second from seven starts with earnings of A$1,671,300.
A daughter of champion French stallion Siyouni, Amelia’s Jewel is the first foal of the stakes placed Canford Cliffs mare Bumbasina, herself a 75,000 guineas purchase for Louis Le Metayer’s Astute Bloodstock at the 2019 Tattersalls July Sale.
With his oldest South African runners just three, the five-time G1 winner Canford Cliffs has made an exciting start to his local stud career, being crowned the Leading Freshman Sire last season, while his current 2yo crop have hit the ground running once again, with his sole runner Miss Hannigan winning impressively on debut to kick off the Cape Summer season.
With his current 3yo crop including dual stakes winner Cliff Top and Gr1 Thekwini Stakes runner-up Rock The Fox, who looks a possible SA Triple Tiara prospect for trainer Sean Tarry, Canford Cliffs progeny are sure to once again be in demand at the first yearling sale of 2023, the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.