It was, by any standards, a great day at the office for Amelia Park.
Not that farm manager Sarah Brown gets to spend too much time indoors these days. She’s usually busy taking care of the rising number of horses which now utilise the myriad services at the Vasse property owned by Peter Walsh.
However, Brown did take time out to watch at least three races on Saturday: G3 Summoned Stakes in Melbourne plus the G3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes and LR Ascot Gold Cup in Perth.
Her time wasn’t wasted. Silent Sedition, a War Chant mare from Amelia Park-based matron Fiorentina won the Summoned. Homebred 3yo Samovare proved herself the Champion Filly and Tonto, part-owned by Amelia Park, grabbed the Gold.
“Saturday certainly was memorable,” Brown told Aushorse. “Amelia Park offers a whole range of services for breeders, owners and trainers. Previously it was more a private operation but now it’s open to all outside trainers.”
“It’s really coming together very well at Amelia Park but to have such close involvement with three stakes winners – all on the one day and on both sides of the country – is really something else.
“Ellie Giles bred Silent Sedition at Korilya Stud but she’s winding back and has most of her horses here,” Brown added. “Fiorentina has a yearling colt by Gingerbread Man and foaled down a Snippetson colt this spring.”
Giles had snapped up Fiorentina for a bargain $1,750 at the 2009 Inglis August Sale. She is an unraced half-sister to 2012 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso.
Silent Sedition hasn’t done the resume any harm, either. The Andrew Noblet trained galloper has won 4 times in 12 starts and was runner-up in this year’s G1 Australasian Oaks.
Amelia Park also raced More Than Ready mare Sambar to a Randwick win with Gai Waterhouse and Samovare has kicked her broodmare career off in auspicious fashion. “She was raised here, pre-trained here, spells here and, in a way, represents everything we’re trying to achieve at Amelia Park.
“And it was nice to finish off the day with Tonto,” Brown continued. “Peter owns a share and the gelding also spends a lot of his time at Amelia Park when he’s not at Lou Luciani’s stable.
“All in all, it was a very good day!”