Amounis

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Amounis
Amounis.jpg
Sire Magpie (GB)
Grandsire Dark Ronald
Dam Loved One
Damsire Duke of Melton (GB)
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1922
Country Australia
Colour Brown
Breeder Percy Miller
Owner 1. J.W. Cook
2. Paddy Wade
3. Mr W. Pearson
Trainer J.W. Cook before 8 August 1925, Frank McGrath after 8 August 1925
Record 79: 33-11-8
Earnings AU ₤48,297/10/-
Major wins
AJC Hobartville Stakes (1925)
RRC Rosehill Guineas (1925)
AJC Epsom Handicap (1926, 1928)
VRC Cantala Stakes (1926, 1929)
VRC Linlithgow Stakes (1927, 1928, 1929)
AJC Chipping Norton Stakes (1927)
MVRC Cox Plate (1927)
VRC Essendon Stakes (1928, 1930)
AJC Craven Plate (1928)
WiRC Williamstown Cup (1928)
VRC C.B.Fisher Plate (1929)
VATC St George Stakes ( 1930)
VATC Futurity Stakes (1930)
VRC C M Lloyd Stakes (1930)
AJC All Aged Stakes (1930)
AJC Warwick Stakes (1930)
VRC October Stakes (1930)
VATC Caulfield Stakes (1930)
VATC Caulfield Cup (1930)
Honours
Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2006)
Last updated on 1 September 2009

Amounis was an Australian Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse. He won 33 races over distances ranging from 6 to 12 furlongs (1,200 to 2,400 metres). Of these wins, 27 were in "Principal Races" (equivalent to today's Group races or "Black Type" races), 16 of these races have since been promoted to Group One (G1) status. In winning the AJC Epsom Handicap he established a new Australasian record time.[1]

Breeding[edit]

He was a brown gelding bred by Percy Miller and foaled in 1922 at his Kia Ora Stud, Scone, New South Wales. Amounis was by the outstanding racehorse and sire, Magpie (GB), his dam Loved One was a good racehorse and broodmare by Duke of Melton (GB).[2] Loved One produced 14 foals, of which 8 raced and 5 of these were winners.[3]

Racing career[edit]

Amounis was sold as a yearling to a Sydney trainer, J.W. Cook. He started twice as a two-year-old, without success. During a spell (rest) while he was recuperating from a leg injury he was gelded. Amounis then developed into a good type of three-year-old and was sold to Paddy Wade for 2,500 guineas. Wade then raced him for a short season when he ran fourth to Manfred in the AJC and Victorian Derbies. Amounis was sold again when Mr Wade left Australia. This time he was purchased by trainer, Frank McGrath on behalf of Mr W. Pearson for 1,800 guineas.[2]

As a three-year-old in 1925-26 he started 13 times for 6 wins including the AJC Hobartville Stakes and Rosehill Guineas.[4]

As a four-year-old in 1926-27 he started 12 times for 6 wins including the Epsom Handicap (in Australasian record time), VRC Cantala Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, WS Cox Plate and 1926 Linlithgow Stakes.[3]

As a five-year-old in 1927-28 he started 19 times for 3 weight for age (wfa) race wins, including the WS Cox Plate and 1927 VRC Linlithgow Stakes.[3]

As a six-year-old in 1928-29 he started eight times for four wins including the Craven Plate, AJC Epsom Handicap, Tatt's NSW Tramway Handicap and WmtnRC Williamstown Cup.[5]

Amounis had to compete as a seven and eight-year-old, against Phar Lap in great form, as a three- and four-year-old. As a seven-year-old in 1929-30 Amounis started 16 times for 10 wins including the CPRC Canterbury Stakes (with a record weight),[6] VRC CB Fisher Plate, VRC Cantala Stakes, VRC Linlithgow Stakes, Rosehill Stakes, VATC Futurity Stakes, VATC St George Stakes, 1930 VRC C.M. Lloyd Stakes, VRC Essendon Stakes and 1930 AJC All-Aged Stakes.[2]

As an eight-year-old in 1930-31 he started eight times for four wins including the 1930 Warwick Stakes, VATC Caulfield Cup, carrying 9 st 8 lbs (61 kilograms),[7] VATC Caulfield Stakes and VRC October Stakes. In the 1930 Warwick Stakes, he defeated Phar Lap by a short head to deprive Phar Lap of 24 successive victories.[8] Before this race, Phar Lap had won nine consecutive races. Phar Lap then went on to score another 14 consecutive wins.

At the end of his six-year-old days, he had 19 wins including the Cox Plate but Amounis came back better than ever for his next two seasons. As a seven-year-old, he won nine races (including one over Phar Lap),[3] finishing no worse than third on just one occasion in 16 starts.

1930 Racebook[edit]

Amounis,1930 Jockey Harold Jones up

Race record[edit]

At two years: 1924-25

Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight(St) Time Margin Winner/2nd
Unpl - CPRC Juvenile Stakes Canterbury Park Racecourse 6f 7.2 1:17 - Baverlin 1st
Unpl - RRC Granville Stakes Rosehill Racecourse 7f 7.12 1:27.75 - Sweet Tress 1st

At three years: 1925-26

Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight(St) Time Margin Winner/2nd
Won - Moorefield RC Three Year Old Handicap Moorefield Racecourse 6f 7.1 1:16.5 2 lengths, 1 l Sunrock 2nd
Won - RRC Three Year Old Handicap Rosehill Racecourse 6f 7.12 1:14.25 1½ lengths, 1l Somnolent 2nd
Won 1925 AJC Hobartville Stakes Randwick Racecourse 7f 8.10 1:28 1½ lengths, head Vaals 2nd
Won 1925 RRC Rosehill Guineas Rosehill Racecourse 9f 8.5 1:54.5 Neck, 3 lengths Vaals 2nd
Unpl 1925 AJC Australian Derby Randwick Racecourse 12f 8.10 2:35.25 - Manfred 1st
Unpl 1925 AJC Metropolitan Handicap Randwick Racecourse 13f 7.2 - - Bard of Avon 1st
Unpl 1925 Victoria Derby Flemington Racecourse 12f 8.10 2:31.5 - Manfred 1st
Won - VRC Batman Stakes Flemington Racecourse 8f 8.11 1:41 Neck, head Hampden 2nd
Unpl - RRC Railway Handicap Rosehill Racecourse 7f 8.5 1:25 - Lausanne 1st
Unpl - AJC Liverpool Handicap Warwick Farm Racecourse 6f 8.7 - - Robespierre 1st
Unpl - AJC Rous Handicap Randwick Racecourse 7f 9.13 1:25.75 - Lovebox 1st
Unpl - Newcastle Mile Broadmeadow Racecourse 8f 9.5 1:40 - The Epicure 1st
Won - AJC Exeter Handicap Randwick Racecourse 8f 10.6 1:40.25 2 lengths, ¾ l Kalloni 2nd

At four years: 1926-27

Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight(St) Time Margin Winner/2nd
Won - RRC Dundas Handicap Rosehill Racecourse 7f 8.13 1:25 ½ length, 3 l Fuji San 2nd
Won 1926 AJC Epsom Handicap Randwick Racecourse 8f 8.11 1:31.25 (Aust/NZ Rec) 3 lengths, ¾ l Fuji San 2nd
Unpl - AJC Craven Plate (wfa) Randwick Racecourse 10f 8.11 2:4.25 - Windbag 1st
Won 1926 VRC Cantala Stakes Flemington Racecourse 8f 9.8 1:37.25 (Race Rec) ½ l, long nck Preposterer 2nd
Won 1926 VRC Linlithgow Stakes (wfa) Flemington Racecourse 8f 8.11 1:38.5 2 lengths, 2 l Valicare 2nd
3rd - VRC CB Fisher Plate (wfa) Flemington Racecourse 12f 8.11 2:36 1 length, ¾ l Pantheon 1st
Unpl - VRC Newmarket Handicap Flemington Racecourse 6f 9.13 1:12.5 - Gothic (GB) 1st
Unpl - RRC Rawson Stakes (wfa) Rosehill Racecourse 9f 8.11 1:51.25 - Limerick 1st
Won - AJC Chipping Norton Stakes Warwick Farm Racecourse 10f 9.4 2:5.5 ¾ length, 1¼ l Limerick 2nd
Unpl - AJC Doncaster Handicap Randwick Racecourse 8f 9.12 1:42.25 - Don Moon 1st
3rd - AJC All Aged Stakes (wfa) Randwick Racecourse 8f 8.11 1:38.75 2 l, 2½ l Fuji San 1st
Won - Murrumbidgee Wagga Gold Cup Wagga Wagga Racecourse 10f 10.5 2:5 1¾ lengths, 2 l Lady Tattler 2nd

At five years: 1927-28

Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight(St) Time Margin Winner/2nd
2nd - AJC Warwick Stakes (wfa) Warwick Farm Racecourse 8f 9.0 1:38 Hd, hd Limerick 1st
3rd - RRC Hill Stakes (wfa) Rosehill Racecourse 8f 9.0 1:39 2 l, 2 l Limerick 1st
Unpl - AJC Epsom Handicap Randwick Racecourse 8f 9.10 1:38.5 - Vaals 1st
Unpl - AJC Metropolitan Randwick Racecourse 13f 9.3 2:53.5 - Murillo 1st
Won 1927 MVRC WS Cox Plate (wfa) Moonee Valley Racecourse 9½f 9.1 2:0.5 Nk, 1 l Avant Courier 2nd
2nd - VRC Melbourne Stakes (wfa) Flemington Racecourse 10f 9.1 2:5 Head, ½ l Silvius (Ire) 1st
Won 1927 VRC Linlithgow Stakes (wfa) Flemington Racecourse 8f 8.13 1:38.25 Long nck, ½ l Vaals 2nd
2nd - VRC CB Fisher Plate (wfa) Flemington Racecourse 12f 9.1 2:34.5 2 l, 2½ l Silvius (Ire) 1st
3rd - Williamstown Cup Williamstown racecourse 12f 9.5 2:31 ½ hd, nck Star d'Or 1st
Unpl - AJC Flying Handicap - 6f 9.11 1:11.25 - Killarney 1st
Unpl - VATC St George Stakes Caulfield racecourse 9f 9.9 1:55.5 - Black Duchess 1st
Unpl - VATC Futurity Stakes Caulfield racecourse 7f 10.4 1:26 - Gothic (GB) 1st
Won - VRC Essendon Stakes (wfa) - 10f 8.13 2:7.25 ¾ l, ½ l Spearset 2nd
2nd - VRC CM Lloyd Stakes (wfa) - 8f 8.12 1:37.25 1 l, 2 l Gothic (GB) 1st
2nd - RRC Rawson Stakes (wfa) Rosehill Racecourse 9f 8.13 1:53.75 2 l, short hd Limerick 1st
Unpl - AJC Doncaster Handicap Randwick Racecourse 8f 9.10 1:45.25 - Simeon's Fort (Ire) 1st
Unpl - AJC All-Aged Stakes (wfa) Randwick Racecourse 8f 8.12 1:39.25 - Limerick 1st
Unpl - AJC King's Cup Randwick Racecourse 12f 8.9 2:32.5 - Limerick 1st
Unpl - Murrumbidgee Wagga Gold Cup Wagga Wagga 10f 10.0 2:5.8 - Charlot 1st

At six years: 1928-29

Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight(St) Time Margin Winner/2nd
Won - Tatts Club (NSW) Tramway Handicap - 7f 9.4 1:2.25 Hd, length Habashow 2nd
Won - AJC Epsom Handicap - 8f 9.7 1:37.25 ½ length, 1½ l Sion 2nd
Won - AJC Craven Plate (wfa) - 10f 9.1 2:26.25 1½ length, 1½ l Fourth Hand 2nd
2nd - VATC Caulfield Stakes (wfa) - 9f 9.1 1:53 1 length, 3 l Gothic (GB) 1st
Unpl - MVRC WS Cox Plate (wfa) - 9½f 9.1 1:6.75 - Highland 1st
2nd - VRC Melbourne Stakes (wfa) - 10f 9.0 2:8.75 Long nck, ¾ l Gothic (GB) 1st
2nd - VRC Linlithgow Stakes (wfa) - 8f 8.13 1:38.75 1½ length, ½ hd Gothic (GB) 1st
Won - Williamstown Cup - 12f 9.5 2:32.5 ¾ length, 1½ l Bombard 2nd

At seven years: 1929-30

Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight(St) Time Margin Winner/2nd
Won - CPRC Canterbury Stakes - 6f 9.6 1:13 Short hd, ¾ l Paganelli 2nd
Unpl - RRC Hill Stakes (wfa) - 8f 9.0 1:38.5 - Winalot 1st
3rd - AJC Spring Stakes (wfa) - 12f 9.3 2:30.75 2 l, 3 l Winalot 1st
3rd - AJC Craven Plate (wfa) - 10f 9.1 2:11.25 4 l, 10 l Phar Lap 1st
2nd - VATC Caulfield Cup - 12f 9.5 2:30.5 2 l, 1½ l High Syce 1st
Won - VRC Cantala Stakes - 8f 9.12 1:38.25 ¾ l, 1¼ l Merab 2nd
Won - VRC Linlithgow Stakes (wfa) - 8f 8.13 1:36.25 1 l, 1¼ l Highland 2nd
Won - VRC CB Fisher Plate (wfa) - 12f 9.2 2:30.75 1¾ l, 2⅓ l High Syce 2nd
Won - RRC Rosehill Stakes - 8f 9.9 1:39 2½ l, 2¼ l Gay Ballerina 2nd
Won - VATC St George Stakes - 9f 9.9 1:53.75 ½ l, nck Parsee 2nd
Won - VATC Futurity Stakes - 7f 10.4 1:27.75 1 l, neck Greenline 2nd
Won - VRC Essendon Stakes (wfa) - 10f 8.13 2:4.75 1½ l, 6 l High Syce 2nd
Won - VRC CM Lloyd Stakes (wfa) - 8f 8.13 1:38.5 1 l, 3½ l Greenline 2nd
2nd - AJC Chipping Norton Stakes (wfa) - 10f 9.6 2:6 2 l, neck Phar Lap 1st
2nd - AJC Autumn Stakes (wfa) - 12f 9.0 2:33.25 Short hd, ½ l Nightmarch 1st
Won - AJC All-Aged Stakes (wfa) - 8f 8.12 1:37 1 l, ¾ l Nightmarch 2nd

At eight years: 1930-31

Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight(St) Time Margin Winner/2nd
Won - AJC Warwick Stakes (wfa) - 8f 9.0 1:38 Short hd, 3 l Phar Lap 2nd
2nd - VATC Memsie Stakes - 9f 9.8 1:54.25 ½ head, 3 l Wise Force 1st
Unpl - VRC Quality Handicap - 7f 50yds 9.0 1:29.5 - Wise Force 1st
Won - VRC October Stakes (wfa) - 8f 9.0 1:37.25 1 length, 5 l Rigadoon 2nd
Won - VATC Caulfield Stakes (wfa) - 9f 9.1 1:55.25 ½ length, ¾ l Carradale 2nd
Won - VATC Caulfield Cup - 12f 9.8 2:34.25 ½ length, 2 l Solution 2nd
3rd - VATC Melbourne Stakes (wfa) - 10f 9.0 2:4.5 3 lengths, 4 l Phar Lap 1st
Unpl - VRC Linlithgow Stakes (wfa) - 8f 8.13 1:37 - Phar Lap 1st

At nine years: 1931-32 Did not race

At ten years: 1932-33

Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight (st) Time Jockey Winner/2nd
Unpl - AJC Warwick Stakes (wfa) - 8f 9.0 - - Johnnie Jason 1st

Tabulated pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Amounis (AUS), brown gelding, 1922
Sire
Magpie (GB)
1914
Dark Ronald (GB)
1905
Bay Ronald (GB) Hampton (GB)
Black Duchess (GB)
Darkie (GB) Thurio (GB)
Insignia (GB)
Popinjay (GB)
1905
St Frusquin (GB) St. Simon (GB)
Isabel (GB)
Chelandry (GB) Goldfinch (GB)
Illuminata (GB)
Dam
Loved One (Aus)
1912
Duke of Melton (GB)
1903
Melton (GB) Master Kildare (GB)
Violet Melrose (GB)
La Petite Duchess (GB) Endurance (GB)
Cherry Duchess (GB)
Bul Bul (Aus)
1906
Simile (GB) St. Simon (GB)
Mimi (GB)
Chand Beebee (GB) Royal Hampton (GB)
Missy Baba (GB) (Family: 5)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ASB - Amounis Retrieved on 2009-7-20
  2. ^ a b c Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956, p. 396-397
  3. ^ a b c d Pring, Peter; Analysis of Champion Racehorses, The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6, pages: 229-235
  4. ^ "Amounis wins Guineas". Sydney Morning Herald. 21 September 1925. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "AMOUNIS BRILLIANTLY WINS EPSON HANDICAP". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 October 1928. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Purser, Phil (2010-03-19). "Canterbury Stakes Preview". Justracing. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  7. ^ Amounis wins Caulfield Cup
  8. ^ "Amounis Defeats Phar Lap". The Argus Melbourne. 1 September 1930. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 

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