Amounis Top Racehorse
Amounis Top Australian Thoroughbred To Blaze The Track In The 1930s
Winning became a habit for the brown gelding foaled at the Kia Ora Stud in Scone, New South Wales in 1922. He was bred by Percy Miller and was picked up at a yearling sale by J. W. Cook, a Sydney trainer.
Amounis was by Magpie (GB) an outstanding racehorse and sire, out of Loved One who was also an excellent racehorse who produced 14 foals. 8 of these were raced out of which 5 were consistent winners. amounis
Amounis As A 2YO
Amounis was introduced to the racetrack, as a two-year-old, but was not successful until after returning from a spell.
He was gelded while recuperating from a leg injury and was brought back to the track as a three year old.
He was for 2,500 guineas to Paddy Wade who entered him in only a few races. Amounis managed to finish fourth in the AJC and Victorian Derbies.
He was then purchased for 1,800 guineas by Mr. W. Pearson.
As a three year old the gelding managed to win the AJC Hobartville Stakes and Rosehill Guineas and finished the 1925-26 season with 6 wins from 13 starts, a remarkable improvement from the previous year.
Amounis Wins AJC Epsom Handicap
In the 1926-27 season, Amounis proved that he horse to reckon with. He won his first AJC Epsom Handicap, setting an Australasian record time. Other notable wins included the VRC Cantala Stakes and Chipping Norton Stakes.
He also won the VRC Linlithgow Stakes, the first of three successive Stakes, and the MVRC Cox Plate. Amounis finished the season with 6 wins from 12 starts.
Amounis was raced most as a five year old in the 1927-28 season. He was under the starter’s orders in 19 races. He won three weight for age races which included the WS Cox Plate during the season.
As a six year old in the 1928-29 season the gelding scored impressive victories in the VRC Essendon Stakes, AJC Craven Plate, and WiRC Williamstown Cup. He also took home the Tatt’s NSW Tramway Handicap and AJC Epsom handicap.
In the 1929-1930 season, Amounis was up against the in-form three year old Phar Lap, undoubtedly one of the best Australian Thoroughbreds to grace the track.
Amounis Racing As 7YO
As a seven year old Amounis won major races which included the Canterbury Stakes, in which he carried a record weight. He also crossed the finishing post well ahead in the VRC CB Fisher Plate, Rosehill Stakes, VATC Futurity Stakes, and also snatched his third VRC Linlithgow Stakes.
Other notable wins came in the VRC Cantala Stakes (his second), the VATC St George Stakes, and the 1930 C. M. Lloyd Stakes, Essendon Stakes and AJC All-Aged Stakes.
As an eight year old, Amounis won four major races from his eight starts in the 1930-31 season. The gelding ran all out to leave Phar Lap lagging by a short head in the 1930 Warwick Stakes. This deprived the might Phar Lap of his tenth successive victory. He also won the VATC Caulfield Cup carrying 61kgs and the Caulfield Stakes and VRC October Stakes.
Amounis Retires With 33 Wins
Amounis finished with a career best of 33 wins out of which 27 were what was then considered as ‘Principal Race’.
These races are now ‘Black Type’ races or Group races. 16 of these are now elevated to Group 1 status. The gelding was inducted into the Australian Thoroughbred Hall of Fame in 2006. He spent 18 years of his retirement at Puen Buen Stud in Scone, NSW, where he was cared for.
According to the owner of Puen Buen, Phil Tyler, Amounis played wth the foals in their mothers’ paddock.
He was so fat and happy that strangers would call him a mare heavy in foal. Amounis was laid to rest at the age of 26 at Puen Buen.