Ontrack’s highly promising filly Che Bella Vita shed her maiden status at only start two with an impressive Gold Coast win on Saturday.
The daughter of champion stallion I Am Invincible kicked off her career with a sound fourth at the Sunshine Coast and made the necessary improvement with a comprehensive performance to win at the Gold Coast.
“She is a progressive filly and raced very well at her debut in what proved to be a very competitive QTIS maiden at the Sunshine Coast,” said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“The filly showed improvement both physically and mentally with the first-up run and she paraded in fantastic order at the Gold Coast.
“She definitely benefitted from the experience at the Sunshine Coast and in the run she was able to relax and take a trail. When rider Bridget Grylls asked her to go through a gap early in the straight she was very game and pushed her way through for an authoritative win.
“Ontrack has had a good opinion of Che Bella Vita for some time and she proved that to be correct because not many horses clear maidens at their second start so we look to the future with a fair degree of optimism,” said Grant Morgan.
Trainer John Meagher said Che Bella Vita was a very promising filly and Saturday’s win won’t be here last.
“She has always shown plenty of ability but she is a late November foal so we have been conscious of that all the time and have tended to kiss and cuddle her.
“One of her greatest attributes is a fantastic nature and she’s just a delight to do anything with and that’s a trait that will stand her in great stead.
“We are confident that she is going to be a very good filly and she is going to be a lovely horse in six to 12 months’ time.
“We will take our time with her and look to manage her carefully as a young horse so we are probably leaning towards giving her a bit of a break because she has done a fantastic job this preparation and we wouldn’t want to deviate from that patient approach,” said John Meagher.
A $60,000 purchase from the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, Che Bella Vita is a daughter of four times Melbourne city winner Bella Cassani, placed at Group 3 level.
“She was a late foal and so presented as a bit backward at the sales, but I thought she was a lovely type who would blossom and develop into a nice horse with time,” said Grant Morgan.
“Being by I Am Invincible out of a Group performing mare means she is worth a lot more than her purchase price so the plan will be to look after her and work her way through the grades. If she’s able to get some black type then her residual value would be fantastic as she has Group One winners Mr Prudent (Sydney Cup) and Zamination (Metropolitan) in her immediate family,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our owners of Che Bella Vita: Ontrack Bella Cassani Syndicate, Babu 4 Syndicate (Manager Prof James Dale), Paul Ashley, Judy Bandidt, Greg Bowers, Michael Byrne, Raceball Syndicate (Manager Michael Clarkson), Bill Clough, Haimes Racing, Bob and Gladys Harvey, John Maroney, Long Line Syndicate (Manager Colin Ninness), Geoff Radburn, Maureen Rusk, Neil Tappe and Les Tenni.