Clarken calls time on the career of Bella Vella

The ‘life changing’ career of South Australian star Bella Vella is over.

Trainer Will Clarken announced on Wednesday morning the tough decision to retire his stable star effective immediately.

Bella Vella provided Clarken with his greatest success on the track when claiming the trainer’s maiden Group 1 in the Robert Sangster Stakes last year after being purchased for just $22,500 at a broodmare sale.

Bella Vella after winning the Sangster. Photo: AAP Image/David MariuzSource:AAP

Clarken had been planning on targeting the speedy mare at the Sangster again in May however he has decided to pull the pin on those plans following her 11th placing in The Galaxy at Rosehill last Saturday.

“Although she has come through Saturday’s run in excellent condition, I have decided the travel back to Adelaide for the Sangster and then on to her final destination under our care, the Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale in May, is unnecessary,” Clarken said.

“Bella Vella has been a life-changing horse for me, and my priority now is to give her the best chance to be in top condition to demonstrate what a quality mare she is as she starts the path to her new career at stud.

“Since arriving in my stable in May 2019, the good fortune and profile she has brought to Clarken Racing has been untold and far beyond our expectations.

“The overwhelming enthusiasm she put into her race-day performances and her unique character made her an exceptional horse. She was tough, genuine, professional and a pleasure to work with.”

Bella Vella winning the McEwen Stakes. Photo: Natasha Morello/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Bella Vella started her career with Michael Moroney before stints with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott as well as Matthew Vella.

But it was when she arrived at Clarken’s Morphettville base in 2019 that she truly came into her own.

The daughter of Commands won the Listed Hills Railways Stakes en route to capturing the Sangster last year before adding the Group 2 McEwen Stakes at The Valley last September while placing in the Group 1 Moir Stakes.

Bella Vella retires with an excellent record of 10 wins and 10 placings from 35 starts with just over $900,000 in prizemoney earned.

She will join fellow Group 1 winners Melody Belle and Tofane at the Magic Million Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.

Originally published as‘Life changing’ South Aussie star retired

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