Talented three year old Savabeel filly was the sixth of Te Akau’s six consecutive wins on Boxing Day 2020 at Ellerslie – and third of the stable’s stakes’ winners on the day too.
Arguably one of the least experienced in the $100,000 Group 2 Jamieson Park Eight Carat Classic for 3YOF over 1600m, she was undoubtedly one of the most exciting.
A filly who had to settle for second by the mere bob of a head on debut in mid November 2020, she flagged her star potential by trouncing a very good Ellerslie field at her second start in early December 2020.
Stepping up to Group company on Boxing Day, Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson was seen to be shaking his head at the quality of her performance – and immediately committed to riding her in the $1 million Karaka 3YO Classic at the same venue in January 2021.
Drawing the widest gate in the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic proved to be the difference between winning and finishing second, which she did – beaten by the barest of margins by the unbeaten Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas’ winner Aegon, who has since won at Group 3 level in Australia.
In February 2021 however at just her fifth start, she showed pure class to comfortably cruise home for a 4.5 length win in the $100,000 Group 2 David and Karyn Ellis Fillies’ Classic at Te Rapa. Ridden by Danielle Johnson, she easily stepped up to the 2000m, ensuring a Group 1 NZ Oaks’ tilt in March 2021.
Returning to Ellerslie on Derby Day in March 2021, Amarelinha was one of five winners (three at stakes’ level) for Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards on the day – half the card! Again a tough run from a wide draw, she showed incredible heart and courage to snatch victory by a narrow margin for Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson in the $70,000 Group 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase 3YOF SW over 2100m. Her third Group win in just six starts.
Becoming known was a horse that ‘can’t draw a gate to save herself’, Amarelinha was again in the carpark for the $400,000 GROUP 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubain New Zealand Oaks over 2400m. Despite being off balance as they jumped, it was a cool ‘no panic’ Opie Bosson ride that saw her cruise home and win her first Group 1 very impressively.
The Oaks’ win by Amarelinha also secured her the prestigious NZB Filly of the Year title – Te Akau’s 6th such award. She follows in the Group 1 winning footsteps of Insouciant, Shikoba, Costa Viva, King’s Rose and Princess Coup.
Despite having no luck in her Australian Spring campaign, she returned to New Zealand and ran a good fourth in the $140,000 Group 2 Westbury Stud Classic 1400m on Karaka Million night in January 2022 with Opie Bosson aboard. She then travelled to Otaki in February 2022 and ran an excellent race for second in the $220,000 Group 1 El Cheapo Cars WFA 1600m for Johnathan Parkes.
Amarelinha was purchased by David Ellis for $300,000 from the Karaka Yearling Sale – Book 1 – and has now raced 13 times for five wins and five placings – with stake money earnings of $621,535.