Miller reveals love for ‘unbelievable horse’ Northerly


2022-12-02 15:10:41

Main WA coach Simon Miller properly remembers the surf-sodden second he fell in love along with his horseracing hero, Northerly.

And as Miller prepares his flying filly Amelia’s Jewel for Saturday’s inaugural $1.5 Northerly Stakes (1800m), renamed within the late nice’s honour, he has revealed the depth of his adoration for the champion who lifted a flagging WA business off its knees within the early-2000s.

At 25 years of age, Miller beloved the surf as a lot because the turf as he dragged himself and his board out of the Torquay seaside at his Victorian house to look at Northerly’s epic victory over Sunline and Viscount within the 2001 Cox Plate.

He was then left standing within the Torquay TAB, along with his wager on the WA nice pending, as stewards thought of an unsuccessful protest by Viscount for 45 minutes.

“I’d set my alarm for the race and walked over in my wetsuit 5 minutes beforehand,” Miller stated.

“I believed I’d watch it after which return and maintain browsing, however with the protest, I stood within the TAB watching and ready and ready. Unbeknown to me, I’d made a pool of water beneath me as a result of the protest went for that lengthy.

“The girl behind the counter yelled out, ‘Simon, for god’s sake, get out of the bloody TAB’. However I wasn’t leaving till I’d seen the outcome.”

Miller then recalled how he had been at a buck’s celebration on the Avoca Shire races in regional Victoria a 12 months later when Northerly claimed a memorable 2002 Caulfield Cup victory.

“I beloved him over there, he was simply an unbelievable horse,” he stated.

“He could possibly be completely spent and so they had him beat and one way or the other he would claw his means again off the canvas and nudge them out once more. He simply had that need and the need to win and also you needed to time your run to zip previous him on the road as a result of when you did it too early, he’d combat again.”

Miller’s fanaticism for the horse meant that when he final 12 months educated Dance Music to win one other Ascot race then often called the Northerly Stakes, after a number of years of making an attempt, it created one in all his most particular observe recollections.

He celebrated it by hugging Northerly’s legendary coach Fred Kersley, who was standing close by, and promised to do the identical once more if Amelia’s Jewel gained on Saturday.

Miller stated he was enthusiastic about measuring Amelia’s Jewel up towards $2.90 Northerly favorite Cascadian, a confirmed Group racing performer educated by James Cummings for the mighty Godolphin secure.

He stated he had his progressive filly in good order to deal with her hardest activity up to now.

Amelia’s Jewel is the favourite for this Saturday’s Northerly Stakes at Ascot Racevourse. PIctured is Amelia's Jewel with Patrick Nicholson in Ascot Justin Benson-Cooper
Digicam IconAmelia’s Jewel is the favorite for this Saturday’s Northerly Stakes at Ascot Racevourse. PIctured is Amelia’s Jewel with Patrick Nicholson in Ascot Justin Benson-Cooper Credit score: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

“She’s had a very good week and is primed up able to go, however that is one other task and problem for her so she must step up once more,” he stated.

“After successful the Karrakatta (in April), I’m going into the races along with her as a fan and as if all the pieces else is a bonus. I simply go and admire her and revel in it as a result of I like watching good horses.

“The romance about this race is whether or not the three-year-olds beat the cagey, wily, previous horses which were across the block. It’s like a primary 12 months AFL participant towards the previous full-back who is aware of had been to face and place himself.

“In the event you’d have instructed me in that Torquay TAB that I’d find yourself in Perth and I’d win the Northerly, I’d have instructed them they was 100-1 and drifting. However generally 100-1 pictures do lob.”

When the choice to rename the Kingston City Basic in Northerly’s title was introduced in July, Kersley instructed The West Australian he was humbled by the gesture.

“Kingston City was a fantastic racehorse and for Northerly to exchange the title is sort of superb and we’re thrilled the horse has been elevated to that degree within the recollections he leaves from his deeds on the racetrack,” Kersley stated.

“At a time in WA when the footy groups weren’t going that nice and the cricket wasn’t too good both, Northerly got here alongside and lightened the place up. He made his presence felt, properly and really, and the entire expertise was fantastic.”

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