Miller’s confident call to Amelia’s Jewel

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After watching the events at Ascot last weekend, trainer Simon Miller is confident he made the right choice to run his stable star, Amelia’s Jewel, in the G3 Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m).

The racing pattern against the backmarkers confirmed Simon Miller’s decision, but the tight turn from the Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) on Melbourne Cup Day caused greater concern.

A gap of 10 days separates the running of the Burgess Queen Stakes and the Champion Fillies Stakes, while there are 18 days between the Burgess Queen Stakes and the WA Guineas (1600m).

Amelia’s Jewel is one of 16 acceptors for the G2 WA Guineas and is the $2.25 favourite, boosted from her opening bid of $2.70. Buster is next at $4.20 and All The Kings Men $7.50.

After a hard-fought second to Laced Up Heels in the Burgess Queen Stakes, Miller believes three weeks between runs will give Amelia’s Jewel a better chance of winning Saturday’s Sky Racing WA Guineas.

“We pulled on the right rein and didn’t run her last week because it was probably a bit draining for her, she felt the Burgess queen run out for a few days,” Miller said on Tabradio.

“We gave her every opportunity to go there and I took her out just before admission so I wasn’t tempted to run her later in the week.

“Then you see how the track developed and we probably weren’t able to win anyway the way the track played.

“She would probably get a bowel movement and I would support her a week later.

“I think we got the reward and pulled the gate.

“She was pretty good on Saturday and her work on Tuesday was pretty good, it was a strong job.

“The clock was strong; she recovered quite well and hasn’t missed a minute since.’

In a capacity line-up, Amelia’s Jewel drew an ideal barrier five for jockey Pat Carbery.

Along with the only other mare in the WA Guineas, Linden Lady, she carries a minimum of 54.5kg, 3½kg less than the Burgess Queen Stakes.

Miller says Amelia’s Jewel will have a perfect run from her starting gate and after suffering her first defeat in the Burgess Queen Stakes, he is confident she can bounce back.

“It’s probably going to make Pat’s (Carbery) job easier this time rather than going back to where his hand was forced a couple of times,” Miller said.

“Pat is tickled pink, he’s been riding her every day in this preparation and he’s happy, I’m happy and the stables are happy.

“She’s lost weight since her last start, she’s been training since then, she looks a million bucks, so we’re ready.

Miller is set to end an upset run in the WA Guineas after previously placing with Stay Safe, Lady Cosmology, Flirtini, Achernar Star, Miss Rose De Lago and Darlington Abbey.

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