Promising filly Bella Nipotina broke through for her Maiden win against some classy fillies in the Group 3 $160,000 BECK Probuild Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield today.
Bella Nipotina was winless from seven race starts before today and co-trainer Ben Hayes said the the Pride Of Dubai had been unlucky on a number of occasions so far in her career.
The Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes trained Bella Nipotina was having her first start back since finishing fourth in the Listed $100,000 Dequetteville Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville on April 4 and was sent out as one of the outsiders at $21.
Hayes also had Bella Nipotina nominated for a maiden race but after the filly worked impressively during the week, decided to take on the better fillies at Group 3 level.
“She has been a very unlucky horse in her races to date,” co-trainer Ben Hayes said.
“She has been knocked off by some really nice horses. Off her trials she looked like she had really improved.”
“We weren’t sure. We were going to go to a Maiden but we changed plans and hence went to here, a Stakes race, and it was a very good decision.”
Winning jockey Michael Rodd had Bella Nipotina in the firing line from the jump and forged to the front shortly after the field headed for home.
Bella Nipotina went to the line strongly to record a two lengths win over River Night ($10) and the $51 roughie Aquagirl.
The $3 favourite Parlophone blew her chances at the start when slow to leave the barriers and then took several hundred metres to get into stride before settling at the tail of the field.
Parlophone made up some ground on the fence on the corner before finishing in sixth place, four and half lengths from the winner.