Belle strikes another winning note

Belle strikes another winning note31 Aug 2019

Cambridge Stud stallion Burgundy made his presence felt on the opening day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

His daughter Burgundy Belle added to her tidy record at Hastings with the fourth win of her eight-start career.

It came at the expense of Tavistock’s promising son Tavis Court, who has won twice from a handful of appearances.

The four-year-old Burgundy Belle is trained by Jamie Richards, who believes the mare has plenty more to offer.

“She’s taken a while to strengthen and her preference is for left-handed racing,” he said.

Burgundy Belle settled comfortably under rider Michael McNab before rounding off powerfully in the straight.

“I said to Michael not to panic and to find some cover,” Richards said.

“He waited and was patient and she really let down strongly.

“We’ll work her through the 1200 and 1400 metre races and she’s certainly a progressive mare.”

Burgundy Belle is a daughter of the Gr.2 Eight Carat Classic winner and Gr.1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes runner-up Spin ‘N Grin.