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Aemelius and Collett last to first at Randwick

With a long last to first run the Annabel Neasham trained Aemelius under Alysha Collett turned the two-year-old $160,000, Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap (1200m) upside down at Randwick on Saturday.

Aemelius and Alysha Collett pass on the by for the win, picture Sportpix.com.au

The market attention was on Godolphin’s Pisces, top-weight with 59.5kg under Rachel King, who had won well at Newcastle over 1200m on May 11th on a Heavy 9 track, a race Aemelius finished fifth in.

Pisces started at $2.70 on Saturday after drifting from $2.40 while Aemelius languished at $12.00 on fixed odds and $15.10 on the tote.

Out on the Soft 5 track on Saturday and Pisces and King led through to the main straight attended by Tardelli and Regan Bayliss with Volatile and Josh Parr outside. Aemelius and Collett were last as they turned.

Collett guided Aemelius went to the outside of the field and commence their run down the middle of the track. The leaders inside near the rail, which was out 8m from the 900m to the Winning Post, held sway through the early stages of the run home, but then Aemelius and Collett made their appearance. With 50m to run they were past and away to the line with 1L to spare over the field.

Swiftfalcon (Exceedance) (56kg) and Jay Ford came through for second over Pisces (Frosted) and King, the margin a neck, with Leconfield arriving late for fourth.

The time was 1.12.17 with the final 600m in 36.59.

Aemelius, a Hellbent filly out of the Galileo mare Mead, has now earned stakes of $110,200  for the  Triple Crown syndicate of Mr R G Edge, Mr L H Lee, CDM, Ohana Racing, Mrs M Zonta, Mr R Singh, Mr D J Vitale, Mr G A Hoult, Mr G A Snow, Mr T G Owen, Mr P A Bennett, Mrs M L King, Mr R G Whalley, Mrs M R Williams, Mr Z L Grace, Mr D I Hollyman, Mr W G Porter, Mr M Marcellino, Mr K J Marr and Better Days Syndicate.

Neasham's racing manager Rob Archibald said the stable had a good opinion of the daughter of Hellbent and had been confident she would improve on her debut third to Pisces.

"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.

"It's nice to see her put that together today and she is only going to continue to improve as she matures. She is a smart filly in the making."

A half-sister to the ill-fated dual Listed winner Brave Mead, Aemelius holds a nomination for the Group 1 J J Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm next month.

After taking out Saturday's Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap (1200m), a Queensland trip will be considered, although Archibald says they are just as likely to put her in the paddock now with a view to the spring.

"We will see how she comes through it, but we could potentially look to Queensland," Archibald said.

"We 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."

Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap, photo finish picture ATC

 

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