She’s only going to improve’: Eye on future with Aemelius

Photo: Aemelius wins

By Ray Thomas – News Limited

Aemelius made winning look routine with a seemingly effortless last-to-first sweep at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Trainer Annabel Neasham may consider a Brisbane winter carnival campaign for Aemelius after her impressive win in the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap (1200m).

The filly does hold an entry for the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm on June 15 but that might come too soon for her as she only just broke her maiden with the Randwick win.

But Neasham does hold a good opinion of Aemelius’s emerging potential and she could end up in Group 1 races next season.

Aemelius flies home down the outside to win at Royal Randwick. Footage: Sky Racing

“Aemelius is a beautiful filly, she’s got a really nice temperament and handles training really well,” stable representative Rob Archibald said.

“It’s nice to see her put that together today and she is only going to continue to improve as she matures.

“We will see how she comes through it but we could potentially look to Queensland but we have always thought she was going to be a really nice three-year-old.

“So, if she comes through it really well we might give consideration to giving her another run, or we might just put her away and bring her back as a spring filly for that nice (Princess) Series. She is a smart filly in the making.”

Aemelius ($12) gave her eight rivals a start from the turn but finished strongly down the centre of the course under Alysha Collett to win by nearly a length from the unlucky Swiftfalcon ($8) with early leader Pisces ($2.70 favourite) a half length away third.

Photo: Alysha Collett
A winner’s grin … Alysha Collett after her win aboard Aemelius. Picture: Jeremy Ng / Getty Images

There was less than a half length separating the second to fifth placegetters with Leconfield (fourth) and Tardelli (fifth) also racing competitively.

Rag Queen eased out to $7 and seemed to run her race in patches. She settled behind the leaders early but was under pressure from the turn before working to the line fairly to finish sixth.

“She won’t be going to Brisbane,” trainer David Payne said of Rag Queen. “But she will improve, she is looking for a mile (a1600m).”

Aemelius, a $130,000 Magic Millions Yearling purchase for Chris Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications, is by Hellbent out of Mead and is a half-sister to two stakes-winners including the ill-fated Brave Mead.

Aemelius, a $130,000 Magic Millions Yearling purchase for Chris Ward’s and Sam Manion’s Triple Crown Syndications, is by Hellbent out of Mead and is a half-sister to two stakes-winners including the ill-fated Brave Mead.

Here name was submitted by the Ohana Racing syndicate, a group of police officers from Orange who were also in Triple Crown’s dual The Everest winner Redzel.

It is understood Aemelius originated from Ancient Rome and in Latin translates to “eager, rival and competitive”.

Aemelius has been adapted through time and become an origin for the name, Emily.

A couple in the syndicate group suffered a family tragedy recently with the loss of their 18-year-old daughter, Emily, and as a tribute, the filly has been named Aemelius.

She raced well on debut when fifth to Pisces at the Newcastle stand-alone meeting and made obvious improvement between runs, scoring an impressive win.

Alysha Collett and Aemelius clear out to win the first at Randwick on Saturday. Picture: Jeremy Ng / Getty Images

“Aemelius was very strong late and will definitely get further,” Collett said.

“I especially loved her last 100m and how she sat up in the last bit, she was doing it that easily.

“She jumped OK, she was on terms with the rest of the field but I eased her back. She was happy out the back, she was nice and relaxed then closed out the race well. I think we are working with a nice filly here.”

Archibald said there was some stable confidence for Aemelius going into the Randwick race.

“We’ve been really pleased with her since that first-up run at Newcastle on soft ground,” Archibald said.

“We were confident she would take a really nice step forward into today.

“Obviously, the draw was a little bit of a concern but Alysha (Collett) summed it up very quickly and gave her a great ride and she was very strong late.”

Alysha Collett comes back to scale aboard Aemelius. Picture: Jeremy Ng / Getty Images

Meanwhile, Archibald revealed Neasham’s new stable recruit, Perth’s outstanding mare Amelia’s Jewel, was spelling at Segenhoe Stud ahead of a Sydney spring carnival campaign.

A winner of nine of her 16 starts including the Group 1 Northerly Stakes and more than $3.4 million prizemoney, Amelia’s Jewel is likely to be aimed at the Group 1 $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on The Everest Day, October 19.

“There are obviously lots of really nice options for the spring so we’ll see how she comes back in and take it step by step,” Archibald said.

“The King Charles is probably the race we’re thinking of for her, but it’s too early to make a call.

“We will start with a blank canvas. Obviously, it didn’t quite work out at her last run in Adelaide so we will see how she comes back in but she’s a beautiful mare, it’s very exciting to have her, a privilege to get a filly of that calibre.”