Amaryllis All the Way at Avondale

Pencarrow Stud bred and owned Amaryllis recorded her third career win today, taking out the Clive and Barbara Thomson 1200 at Avondale.

Good enough to run a close fifth behind Group 1 performed fillies Juice and Daffodil in her classic year, Amaryllis proved superior in a tight finish to win by a nose ahead of Rough Odds for her jockey Leith Innes.

Her return to winning form this season came at her pet distance of 1200m, a journey she has raced over seven times and never finished further back than fifth.

The four-year-old daughter of Red Ransom is the first foal of Lafleur, a dual stakes winning daughter of Zabeel and from the famous Eight Carat family.

Lafleur’s second foal, a colt by Johar, sold for $240,000 at Karaka in 2008 and is now placed in Japan. Following this colt are two fillies by Redoute’s Choice that are to be retained by the Stud, a two-year-old called Papilio and a foal. Lafleur is in foal to O’Reilly in 2010.

A sister in blood to Amaryllis was born at the Stud this spring with Zygadene, a sister to Lafleur, foaling to Red Ransom.

Amaryllis has always shown class and will be given a chance to pick up black-type later in her preparation.