Well bred colt off to winning start at Geelong
Australia’s first VOBIS Gold registered horse Bel Rain has kicked off his career in style, winning the 1200m Emsley Lodge Plate on the Geelong Synthetic track today.
Sold for $140,000 as Lot 1 of the 2012 Magic Millions Sales, this full brother to Group 1 The Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter finds himself stabled alongside his famous relation at Mornington, under the care of trainer Jason Warren.
Warren was effusive in his praise for his colt, despite the race not going to script.
“He was pretty impressive, he did everything right,” Warren said.
“We drew the outside barrier, so unfortunately he had to roll forward and ended up in front.
“We had another couple of others ear marked to lead who we wanted to sit behind, but when you’re drawn the outside barrier and they begin well like he did, it’s hard to drag them back behind them.
“He was still very professional and impressive in the end and got the job done.”
It was a win that justified Warren’s patience with his well related colt, with Bel Rain having his first start as a three-year-old; just as his brother had done before him.
“He’s a big colt and we’ve given him plenty of time to develop,” Warren said.
“He went a little bit shin sore early days, and then he cut his leg a while ago which we had to tend to. Aside from that he’s just been given time to mature really, which is the main reason he hasn’t got to the races before now.”
It was a performance that was worth the wait, with Bel Rain ($3.50) running out a comprehensive two length winner from It’s No Joke ($8), with Mister Flyn (14) a nose further back in third.
Warren has high hopes for Bel Rain, flagging a possible tilt at Spring Carnival riches for the up and coming son of Bel Esprit.
“We’ll go to a restricted mid-week race next or a Saturday race possibly, provided he pulls up well,” Warren said.
“We just really want to get his rating up a little bit and give the horse a let-up before the spring.
“I kicked Bel Sprinter off in a maiden at Mornington, and then he went straight to town and hasn’t looked back, so hopefully this bloke does the same thing.”
Comparisons between the pair however stretch further than just their debut win, with Warren hopeful his three-year-old could stretch out to 1600m next campaign.
“He’s got a bit more scope than Bel Sprinter, I think he might get to 1600m,” Warren said.
“We’ll keep him at 12000m at his next start and then work it out from there.”
Click here to view the full results of today’s Geelong Synthetic meeting.
By Daniel Miles – @DanielMiles90
Ones to Watch – Geelong
Tara Madgwick – Thursday, 24 April 2014
The Geelong meeting on Thursday was highlighted by first wins for a pair of siblings to well-known Group I winners.
Bel Rain as a yearling
Jason Warren has had a lot of fun with his star Group I winning sprinter Bel Sprinter, which is no doubt the reason he was happy to pay $140,000 for his full brother at the Magic Millions in 2012.
Named Bel Rain, the three year-old Bel Esprit colt kicked off his career in the 1200 metre maiden and emerged triumphant on debut.
He pushed forward from the outside gate for Daniel Stackhouse and forged clear to the line to win in good style.
Bel Rain was consigned for sale by Cornerstone Stud and is the second winner for Snippets mare Gavroche, who comes from the family of Group I winner Always Aloof.
Gavroche has had an upgrade in recent years and has a weanling colt by Redoute’s Choice and was covered by Exceed and Excel last spring.
Bob and Rosemary Scarborough of Wood Nook Farm would have been thrilled today when Indulgence, the half-sister to their former Group I winner Marble Halls, opened her account with an all the way win.
Having her fourth start and second run back from a spell, the Anthony Freedman trained daughter of New Approach (IRE) controlled the race throughout and found the line well to win the 1300 metre maiden by a length and a half.
Passed in at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale shy of her $100,000 reserve, Indulgence would hold sentimental value for the Scarborough’s as she is the last foal of their terrific producer Joolzy, who died in 2011.
A placed daughter of Noble Bijou (USA), Joolzy left nine winners from 10 runners with Group I MRC Toorak Handicap winner Marble Halls the best, while another daughter Tigereye left Group I MRC Blue Diamond winner Sleek Chassis.