Aussie G3 Winner for American Pharoah
The Chris Waller-trained Pretty Amazing (3f American Pharoah x Pretty Penny, by Encosta de Lago) earned a shot at the Group I ATC Australian Oaks after the daughter of American Pharoah came with a barnstorming finish in Friday’s $200,000 Group III Carlton Draught Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) at Goulburn.
Given a stone-cold ride by Tommy Berry, Pretty Amazing came with a sweeping run from the tail of the field to overpower Hope In Your Heart by a length.
It was the third consecutive win for Pretty Amazing, who broke her maiden at start two at Newcastle before another dominant performance over 1550m at Canterbury on February 18.
“She is probably going to get over a bit further than this. She is a real Oaks type of filly, so this is distance is getting her nicely prepared,” stable representative Jack Pilkington said.
“She relaxes beautifully, moves beautifully and lets down really well. “She is putting it altogether nicely now and building into what could be a good autumn for her.
“She is docile, so relaxed about everything. The more she has grown in confidence, the more she has relaxed.
“It’s onwards and upwards from here.”
Tommy Berry said he thought he was on the winner when heading to the start.
“She is only lightly raced but was very impressive the other day at Canterbury in very good time,” Berry said.
“It’s not too often on heavy tracks that you get to the gates and think I am on a winner.
“She just ploughed through on the way to the gates, and I was very confident.
“The wet tracks are likely to stick around for most of the autumn. So that is going to be in her favour now. She has ticked that box.
“She a Rolls Roycer.”
Pretty Amazing credited blue hen Pretty Penny with a fifth stakes-winner and an unbelievable eighth stakes horse from as many foals.
Pretty Amazing was retained to race by her breeders Denis and Clair O'Brien and is the eighth winner from eight foals to race from blue hen Pretty Penny.
She a half-sister to Group winners Sertorius, Pretty Brazen and Dollar for Dollar, who have all been Group I placed as well as ill-fated Group III winner Clifton Red and stakes-placed Rezealient, I Am Titanium and Fortune of War.
Pretty Amazing was broken in and educated at Coolmore and will no doubt attempt to win that elusive Group I that is missing from the resume of her siblings.
Now 21 years old, Pretty Penny has an unraced two year-old full sister to Pretty Amazing called Pretty Awesome and produced her final foal last spring.
Born at Coolmore on Christmas Eve, this gorgeous colt by Everest hero Yes Yes Yes is the tenth living foal from Pretty Penny, who was bought for Denis and Claire O’Brien by Colm Santry at the 2016 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale for $570,000.
The O’Brien’s had a tremendous result when selling Pretty Brazen as a yearling at Inglis Easter in 2018 for $700,000 and the mare has given them a legacy to continue with in the shape of her two lovely fillies by Triple Crown hero American Pharoah.
Pretty Amazing is the second Australian stakes-winner for American Pharoah and is his 24th worldwide.