SHE’S BELLEISTIC LEAVES IMPRESSION ON DEBUT
Making her long awaited debut, the daughter of Bel Esprit took full advantage of her rails draw with apprentice rider Lachlan Pillar positioning her up nicely just off the speed. Coming into the home straight, Pillar quickly proceeded to move up along the rails to hit the lead and draw away for a decisive five length victory.
“You never really head into a race expecting them to go out and win by five lengths but we were quietly confident,” Jones said.
“She had been working well leading up to the race, but until they go out and perform on race day you’re never quite sure.”
“I think it really benefits a horse on debut if they can find the rail, I’ve had a few other runners that I was quite confident with who just got a bit lost after drawing a bit wide.”
Bought on speculation by the duo at the Gold Coast ready to run sales, Jones looks to have pulled the right reign in keeping She’s Belleistic off the track as a juvenile.
“We almost had her ready to run as a two-year-old but she trained off a little so we decided just to tip her out,” Jones said.
“She’s come back a big and strong filly, so in hindsight we’re probably going to reap the rewards for being patient with her.”
“At this stage she will probably only have one or two more runs this time in and then we’ll tip her out again.”
Jones will now likely set the promising galloper for a race at Hawkesbury next Saturday.
“At this stage we’ll head to Hawkesbury with her, but obviously we’ll wait and see what weight and barrier she draws,” Jones said.
“I’m not going to risk taking her all the way there if she draws off the track.”
Although unlikely to line up at Canberra next Friday, Jones said she is likely to run at the annual Joseph and Jones Race day held on the 14th of September.
“We’ve got a fair few horses being aimed towards that day,” Jones said.
“We are really looking forward to it.”
“It’s a great way to give something back to our owners, for all the support they have given us over the years.
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