Blanco Belle could prove a bargain buy

8 Sep 2017

Cape Blanco filly Blanco Belle will face an early test in black-type company on Saturday and her performance at Wanganui could fuel a longer-term dream of an Australian Classic.

She will make her second appearance in the Listed The O'Leary's Fillies' Stakes following a dominant effort to win on debut at Hawera last month.

"She's a staying filly and this is her first preparation," part-owner and trainer Susan Rainford said.

"She was difficult to break in – she's tough and strong for her age, even though she doesn't actually turn three until October. There's not a lot around for staying fillies in New Zealand so we might give her a spell after this. There's a nice race in Australia – the VRC Oaks, that's ambitious but you never know."

Rainford said she had been particularly pleased with Blanco Belle's recent work at New Plymouth.

"She galloped last Tuesday, the 29th, in a faster time than Kawi and this Tuesday her track rider said she galloped better, more settled."

Blanco Belle could prove a smart piece of business for Rainford and her partners as she only cost them $3000 out of Cambridge Stud's draft at New Zealand Bloodstock's National Weanling Sale at Karaka in 2015. 

"She was the only Cape Blanco in the sale and I thought a lot of him," she said.

"He was well-performed and by Galileo." 

Blanco Belle is from the family of Group I WATC West Australian Derby winner Wonder Dancer and claims Champion NZ 3YO Star Belle as her fourth dam. – NZ Racing Desk,