Testa Rossa's Amelie's Star Completes Comeback in Queen Of The South
Mark Smith - Sunday, 7 May 2017

Vinery Stud's stalwart Testa Rossa came agonisingly close to a Group double at Morphettville on Saturday.

Forty minutes after his 6yo son Reldas was nosed out by the Hussonet gelding Karacatis in the Group III D C McKay Stakes  (1100m), Testa Rossa struck with the Darren Weir-trained Amelie's Star in the Group II Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m).

It has been a roller-coaster ride for the connections of 5yo mare whose career began with a whimper when beating just two of the 14 starter's home in a maiden at Kembla Grange back in January 2015.

 After breaking her maiden at her fourth start for her then trainer Peter Moody, Amelia's Star went on a 4-win streak culminating with a dominant performance in the Group III Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) at Rosehill in September 2015. (photo Lisa Grimm). 

But then an injury saw the daughter of Testa Rossa off the scene for 18 months.

Following a first-up fourth at Morphettville on April 8, Amelie's Star finished second over 1800m at Flemington on Anzac Day.

She advances her overall record to 5 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third from 11 starts with earnings of $340,935. 

A homebred for Patrick Hodgens, Amelie's Star is the fourth foal of the Zabeel mare Zazita, which Hodgens had bought at the 2007 Magic Millions National Broodmare sale for $130,000.

A year after foaling Amelie's Star, Zarita produced the very handy Mossman filly Honey Cara, a recent winner at Moonee Valley and Flemington.

But Zazita has had a troubled history in the past few years.

She missed to Smart Missile in 2012 then did not hold to Smart Missile and Pluck (USA) in 2013 and slipped to Husson (ARG) in 2014.

In 2016 Zazita produced a filly by German import Illo (GER) who now stands in China.

Zazita was covered by Australian Derby winner Nom Du Jeu last spring. 

Race 5 - Queen Of The South Stakes
Group 2 - 1600m

Class: Open. Track: Good(4). Time: 1:36.13.
Prizemoney: $275,000 - 1st: $176,000 2nd: $46,750 3rd: $22,000.
 1   Amelie's Star T: D K Weir J: Damian Lane

5m   Testa Rossa x Zazita (Zabeel (NZ) )
Not Offered
 2 0.5 Have Another Glass T: Ms S Jaensch J: Ms E Finnegan
4m   Domesday x Generous Tristana (NZ) (Generous (IRE) )
Not Offered
 3 0.8 Miles Of Krishan T: G Eurell J: Ms N Beriman
4m   Snitzel x Nishaani (NZ) (Gold Brose )
Not Offered
 4 1.9 Sort After T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: S Baster
4m   Wanted x Patronyme (More Than Ready (USA) )
 5 2.1 Ma Jones T: D K Weir J: L Currie
6m   Bianconi (USA) x Saithors Melody (Saithor (USA) )
 6 2.3 Consommateur (NZ) T: M C Kent J: D Dunn
4m   Roc De Cambes (NZ) x Consumer (Zabeel (NZ) )
 7 3.2 Rocket Commander T: W F Francis and G Kent J: Regan Bayliss
5m   Court Command x Pinot Royale (Red Ransom (USA) )
 8 3.6 Circular T: J A O'Shea J: J Moreira
4m   Street Cry (IRE) x Hexameter (Octagonal (NZ) )
 9 4.3 Lopartega T: D C Harrison J: D Oliver
4m   Lope De Vega (IRE) x Partiva (Orpen (USA) )
 10 9.5 C'est Beau La Vie T: L Macdonald and A Gluyas J: Ms C Lindop
4m   Bernardini (USA) x Valkyrie Diva (Jade Robbery (USA) )
 11 17.1 Jennio T: D K Weir J: D Yendall
5m   O'Reilly (NZ) x Espurante (Flying Spur )
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