Amelia Park owner Peter Walsh has every reason to be confident leading into the Perth Magic Million next week following record-breaking returns at the Gold Coast last month.
Walsh and his Amelia Park team are bringing 10 yearlings to the Swan Valley and 8 of them are by high-profile Eastern States stallions including two each by Magnus and Shalaa (Ire).
Amelia Park sold an Exceed And Excel filly on Day 2 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions for $600,000 and a Blue Point (Ire) half-brother to Amelia’s Jewel on Day 4 for $900,000. “We were absolutely thrilled with those results,” Walsh said. “They went for well above their reserves and we’ve kept a share in both of them.”
Among the Perth-bound yearlings is Lot 174, the Magnus – Rosmartini full-brother to last week’s Belmont winner Marri Martini. The Neville Parnham-trained 3yo filly charged home when stepping up to a mile for the first time in the All Flags Signs & Banners Maiden (1650m)
Rosmartini (Proart) won a LR Belmont Oaks and LR Belmont Classic and Marri Martini will be given the opportunity to also make the grade in black-type events this season. “I’ve always held her to a high standard although she did trick me at first,” Parnham admitted as his son Brad brought the filly back to scale. “Being by Magnus, I thought she would get up and run early but she’s taken time to mature.
“She’s been going really well behind the scenes and will get over further ground. She hit the line hard today and now we will look at the Ascot 1000 Guineas. That will tell us whether to keep going towards the WA Oaks”
The LR Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) will be run on Saturday week, February 25 and the G3 WA Oaks (2400m) is scheduled for March 25.
Marri Martini (Photo / Western Racepix) is the first foal from Rosmartini and she made $65,000 at the 2021 Perth Magic Millions to a syndicate managed by Steve Kilner of Fantail Holdings. Rosmartini has a Toronado (Ire) colt on the ground and she’s positive to Nicconi off a cover in November.
“Rosmartini is a big mare and her Magnus colt has the scope to also grow into a good-size,” Amelia Park Racing Manager Sharon King said this week. “We couldn’t be happier with the way he’s progressing and, overall, it’s been one of our smoothest yearling preparations.”
The Amelia consignment will arrive in the Swan Valley on Saturday and King also reports Amelia’s Jewel has come back a much stronger filly following a beneficial spell at home in Vasse. Trainer Simon Miller will have the last-start Group 1 winner cherry-ripe for a return to racing in the G3 Roma Cup (1100m) at Ascot on April 1.