Amelia Park Stars at Bunbury

Gingerbread Man galloper Achernar Star has broken through for a well-deserved black-type first in the Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m).

Group 1 placed in the 2017 Kingston Town Classic, he had earned over $720,000 before a ground-breaking victory in the south-west’s premier sprint on Wednesday.

Achernar Star was purchased by Astute Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Louis Le Metayer on behalf of Amelia Park owner Peter Walsh for $75,000 at the 2016 Perth Magic Millions.  He’s a younger half-brother to G2 WA Guineas winner Man Booker (Discorsi).

Given the run of the race by Damien Oliver, he surged to the front in the straight for a popular win over Tellem We're Comin (Blackfriars) and Vital Silver (Wanted).

Oliver won his first race as an apprentice at Bunbury in 1988 and it was obvious the victory meant a great deal to the champion jockey.  “It’s great to win a good race here for Peter.  Our families are close.  Achernar Star was tough in the final stages and I reckon he wouldn’t be out of place in Melbourne.”

Walsh admitted winning the race sponsored by Amelia Park was one of his finest days.  “It’s not a Perth Cup or a Karrakatta Plate which I’ve won, but it’s top of the tree.  Ollie won it for us.  He’s a class rider and a class bloke, too.  And I couldn’t be happier with the way things are working out for Amelia Park.”

The Vasse nursery topped the Perth Magic Millions yearling sale again last month with an average of $99,125.  Top-price among 8 lots sold was the Zoustar- Donna Intelligente filly that made $200,000.

Walsh had upped the ante last year when he travelled to Europe with Le Metayer visiting Chantilly and Normandy and among his bloodstock buys was young mare Bound Copy (USA).  It was an inspired choice.  Shortly after changing hands, Bound Copy’s 2yo colt Chairmanoftheboard (Slade Power) came out and spreadeagled a Goodwood maiden by 8 lengths.

Trainer Mick Channon rates him highly and classic assignments on the radar include the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 25.  “I haven’t had one as good as him since Zafeen,” Channon claimed referring to his 2003 St James Palace Stakes winner for Sheikh Mohammed.

Bound Copy (Street Cry) has impeccable Australian links through her dam In A Bound (Ashkalani) who won a G2 Queen of the Turf Stakes at Rosehill for Gai Waterhouse before being exported in 2007.  Her second-dam Bounding Away (Biscay) was Australia’s Champion 2YO in 1986 for owner-breeder Tommy Smith.

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WA race-caller Darren McAullay, Damien Oliver and Peter Walsh

WA race-caller Darren McAullay, Damien Oliver and Peter Walsh