They may have retired their prized asset with the undefeated Black Caviar preparing for her new career in the breeding barn, but connections of the world’s highest rated mare still have plenty of talent in the tank as proven by the debut win of young gun Rowdy Belle this week.
Sharing the same sire as $7.9 million earner Black Caviar, two-year-old Bel Esprit filly took the first steps towards a hopefully lucrative career for Neil Werrett’s Bloodstock and co. with her smart Werribee win on Tuesday.
Jumping from gate eight of nine the Linda Meech-ridden juvenile stormed home well to put one and a quarter lengths on her closest rival in the 2YO Maiden Plate over 1118m.
While in no way expecting Rowdy Belle to reach the same history-breaking heights of Black Caviar, there’s still an air of expectation and hope the Peter Moody-trained Rowdy Belle can continue to rise through the ranks and prove another revelation for her owners and Caviar’s former trainer.
“I do like her. I thought the distance would be too short and she would need the experience but they went that hard she was able to finish quickly,” Moody said of Rowdy Belle who made up lots of ground on the straight having come round the bend at the back of the pack eight lengths off the frontrunner.
Rowdy Belle donned the same famous salmon and black colours as Black Caviar but the iconic polka dots were absent.
In their place a black diamond on the back of Meech’s silks and on the cap which flashed home with the filly showing a scintillating turn of foot.
“They went quite hard and they really set it up for her today,” Meech said post-win.
“I thought she was going to run on and grab a nice third but they stopped and she kept going.
“She’s got a little bit to learn so there is a lot of up-side to her.”
Moody was approached by the same syndicate of owners including Gary Wilkie, Colin Madden, David Taylor and Werrett that celebrated an incredible 25 straight winning streak with Black Caviar to purchase another horse at last year’s Melbourne Inglis Sales.
Rowdy Belle, an $180,000 purchase, was the result.
And a good one by the looks of it.
“They have a little bit of luck,” Moody said modestly of the connections who enjoyed 15 Group 1 trophies with Black Caviar.
Another co-owner Pam Hawkes was especially happy with the win this week having earmarked Rowdy Belle as more of a three-year-old looking ahead to next season.
“It was exceptionally good, she’s very promising,” Hawkes said on Tuesday.
“When I saw her this morning I thought she was just there for the experience and she came around the turn second last but she just exploded.
“We weren’t expecting it to be honest, we thought we’d had our moment in the sun with the big horse (Black Caviar).
“One race at a time which is what we said with the big horse all along but I think today augurs well for her three-year-old season.”