What you didn’t know about… Amicelli

Amateur jockey Jacqueline Coward tells H&H about her AGA ladies’ point-to-point final winner.

Fact file

Name: Amicelli

Stable name: Chelli or Belly

Age: 13

Height: 15.3hh

Breed: thoroughbred

Sire: Goofalik (USA)

Dam: Arratonia (GER)

Discipline: point-to-pointing and hunter chasing

Owners: Coward family

Trainer: Cherry Coward

Rider: Jacqueline Coward

Groom: everyone wants to be his groom

Best results: the 2008 Christie’s Foxhunter winner under Oliver Greenall and the 2012 AGA ladies’ open point-to-point final

Five things you didn’t know…

1 He was bred in Germany by Gestut Brummerhof, breeder of last season’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream, and won four German 10f Flat races before coming to the UK.

2 He’s had three UK trainers – Charlie Mann, who bought him from Germany, Philip Hobbs and Cherry Coward.

3 Together with fellow 33-1 scorers Woodside Terrace (1965) and Zemsky (2011), he is one of the three longest-priced Christie’s Foxhunter winners since World War II.

4 He was the last of Jack Joseph’s 294 winners before his former owner’s death in December 2006.

5 He wears specially designed boots made by Jacqueline’s mother on his hindlegs. Before it became mandatory for the middle rail on fences to be padded, he would scrape his skin off down to the bone!

To see the full interview with Jacqueline Coward about Amicelli see the 26 July issue of H&H

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