Talented mare Burning Bell overcame a torrid run and a protest to claim her first Saturday metro win at Eagle Farm.
Having just her 11th start under Toby Edmonds, Burning Bell drew the outside alley and was no better than three wide the trip.
Asked to lengthen early in the straight by apprentice Cejay Graham, Burning Bell sustained the effort before drifting out in front of second placegetter Magnus Bellagio.
Second placed rider Steph Thornton lodged a protest, but this was eventually dismissed with Burning Bell holding the race for a well deserved win.
Burning Bell posted the good time of 1:10.04 (last 600m 34.51) for the Eagle Farm 1200m course.
“She had a long time off in the paddock. A vet diagnosed her as requiring surgery on a splint bone. But we elected to take the natural approach and give her time in the paddock to rectify the issue and let her grow out naturally and mature,” said OnTrack CEO Grant Morgan.
“Burning Bell has always been above average and given she is lightly raced we are probably yet to see the best of her.
“She has a tendency to hang out near the line. She’s probably better ridden with stick in the left hand. But Cejay did a good job in the end to get the win,” said Morgan.
Burning Bell will now be rewarded with a short spell before pointing toward the Queensland winter carnival.
“I think she is the sort of mare who can earn some minor black type with further improvement. She is a lovely mare with a good pedigree and some black type would do wonders for her residual value,” said Morgan.
Burning Bell has now had 11 starts for 4 wins and 2 placings.
Burning Bell was an inexpensive yearling purchase for Ontrack and what is now a large ownership group. Purchased from the COVID impacted 2020 QTIS Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Burning Bell was secured for just $38,000.
Burning Bell is the second foal from the 2yo stakeswinning Sequalo mare Flamenco. Like top sires Written Tycoon and Capitalist, Burning Bell was bred in Queensland by prodigious winner getting farm Daandine Stud at Warwick.
Congratulations to winning owners: Malcolm Borger, Norm Fowles, Average Joe Racing Synd (Manager: Troy Rowe), Jason & Linda Lelay, Colin & Jenny Watts, Chris Scott, Anne Wade, Darren Turner, Chris Goddard, Damien Chown, Tony Wilson, Denis & Margaret Frew, Trent Purdon, Anthony Bailey, Jenny Ball, Joeline Barnes, Garry Batchelder, Tracey Bliss, Stephen Carroll, Darren Chiswick, Gary Egan, Tim Gaske, Paul Lewis, Bebe Mawer, Chris Newman, Jason Piddington, Kevan Richiardi, Vic Smythe & Peter Willis.
Photos courtesy of Trackside: www.tracksidephotography.com