Smart filly salutes in testing conditions

By Georgie Dennis

Precocious filly Bella Rosa (Snitzel x Swiss Rose) became the team’s second two-year-old winner this season after she took out the Group 3 Bumble Stakes at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day in horrific conditions.

The rain was so heavy during the race that caller Matt Hill couldn’t see the start from his box and the jockeys could hardly see anything in front of them, but our debutant Bella Rosa toughed it out and fought on bravely to win by a head.

Trainer Ciaron Maher was delighted with the win as he decided to target two-year-old racing this season.

“We really expanded the account and the budget and went after some more two-year-olds this year so to hit the board here, it’s great,” he told Racing.com after the win.

“I’d just like to thank the team.

“We hit the board with one of our two-year-old colts up in Sydney earlier in the year and then to come here on a day like this with another one, it’s a full credit to our breaker Adrian Corboy and the whole team.

“They do a great job up there at Segenhoe Stud, Kevin Maloney and Peter O’Brien, they just keep churning them out.

The team purchased the Snitzel filly from the Gold Coast Magic Million Yearling Sales for a big price at $575k but with a G3 win on debut, she will no doubt be worth that and then some at the end of her career.

Jockey Mark Zahra credited the team for the way the filly was prepared to come to the races and win on debut.

“It’s the first time I’ve been on her, but I must say (credit to) Ciaron and Dave, what a little professional,” Zahra said.

“(She) just jumped and I sat off the speed and I actually came under pressure a fair way out, but I gave her one round the tail and she was fit and ready to go and knuckled right down to the line.”

Bella Rosa was our second stakes winning and third back type two-year-old after Dubious’ win in the Breeders Plate in Sydney and Salome’s third placing in the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley.