Glamour mare Amelia’s Jewel is back on track after a shock defeat and will now progress to the $10 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill on November 4.
Amelia’s Jewel ran well below her best in the G1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield when ninth to Attrition, but a vet test cleared her of injury.
Her worst performance in an outstanding career followed wins in the Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington and the Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley in track record time.
Amelia’s Jewel had a few easy days recovering after the Toorak failure, but there were encouraging signs last week when back on her feed that she’d turned the corner.
A strong reverse gallop at Flemington this morning (Tuesday) with jockey Damian Lane aboard was the clincher for Miller, who said he’s tackling the Golden Eagle with renewed confidence.
“She went super, worked unreal and looks great, looks amazing,” Miller told The Races WA.
“She worked a thousand evens and home 400 and handled the Sydney way of going like a professional.
“I knew last Thursday she’d turned the corner the way she was completely knocking her night and morning feed.
“She’ll have another gallop next Tuesday going the Sydney way and Thursday week will get on a truck to Sydney.
“She’s totally back on board.”
Tabtouch has Amelia’s Jewel the $4.40 favourite for the Golden Eagle. Kovalica is next at $4.80, Legarto $6, Hawaii Five Oh $6 and Obamburumai $8.
Miller says he still has an ace up his sleeve for Amelia’s Jewel in the Golden Eagle.
“She may gallop with the blinkers next week,” Miller said.
“I’m leaning to putting them on as she is superior with them on.”