Miss Amulet heads into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday evening at Keeneland looking to down some potential US stars and complete a rags to riches tale.
The Ken Condon-trained daughter of Sir Prancealot cost just £7,500 ($9,862) as a yearling and made an inauspicious start to her racing career in maidens at Naas and Navan in Ireland in June.
She then bolted up at Cork in a five-furlong event in early July and has remained on an upward trajectory in British and Irish racing ever since.
She was a Listed winner back at Naas in August and then held off the William Haggas-trained Sacred to bag the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York that same month.
In one run since, she came home fast in finishing second in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket over six-furlongs.
At Keeneland on Friday she tackles a mile for the first time in the $1m Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, bidding to make history as the first Irish-trained winner of the contest.
“It’s been a great story all through the season, she’s exceeded our expectations and continued to progress,” said trainer Condon.
“She ran a big race last time and finished strongly. We all know there’s a doubt about her staying a mile but the feeling is she’d get seven furlongs at home, so there has to be a chance she gets a mile over there.”
Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth gives the Irish a second look, with the Ballydoyle handler hopeful she can step up after being well-held in a soft-ground Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last time out.
“We think the mile around the bend at Keeneland will suit Mother Earth well and she’s come out of the Fillies’ Mile in good form,” said O’Brien.
Completing the Irish interest, Jessica Harrington runs Moyglare Stud Stakes third Oodnadatta, while Roger Varian saddles Rockfel Stakes second Nazuna as the Newmarket trainer bids to top last year’s runner-up finish with Daahyeh.
US hopes are very strong, with Aunt Pearl having impressed at the course in taking the Grade 2 Jessamine Stakes last month. She goes into top-level company unbeaten for Brad Cox, while Christophe Clement’s Plum Ali is also a perfect 3-3 under Joel Rosario and stepping into elite company for the first time.
Simon Callaghan’s Madone can boast three wins in three starts and, similarly and completing a quartet of American-based fillies’ with unbeaten records, is Wesley Ward’s Campanelle.
The Kodiac filly won the Norfolk at Royal Ascot this summer over 5f before adding a soft-ground Group 1 Prix Morny in France over 6f in August. She is once more to be partnered by Frankie Dettori in her attempt to prove her credentials at the mile.
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf looks set to be one of the major highlights on day one of the meeting in Louisville as the European hopefuls lock horns with a promising US-based cast on the turf.