Fairytale story delivers in McEwen Stakes

Online buy Bella Vella kept the fairytale story rolling and she will now aim for another Group 1 triumph as she returned in style to score a gritty win in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at The Valley.

Bella Vella, the winner of the Group 1 TAB Classic at her previous start at Morphettville in May, will now strive to win her second Group 1 in the Moir Stakes on September 25.

The Valley track certainly has no demons for the Will Clarken-trained Adelaide mare as the McEwen Stakes triumph was her third win from four starts at the unique circuit.

Bella Vella has a fascinating back story, spending time at three stables before her previous owner Sir Owen Glenn retired her to be served by multiple Group 1 winner Criterion.

However, the match didn’t produce a foal and Bella Vella was put up for sale in an online auction and was bought by Clarken, fellow trainer David Jolly and some mates for $20,000.

She has now won over $750,000 and there could be some more rich spoils that are ripe for the picking this spring.

“I’m a bit emotional after that,” Clarken said.

“She’s a horse to fall in love with.

Bella Vella has earned a crack at the Group 1 Moir Stakes after winning the McEwen Stakes at The Valley. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“She has heaps of ability but I just admire how tough she is and how hard she tries.

“She delivers ten-fold.”

Bella Vella was sent out on the third line of betting at $4 in the McEwen and she had to dig deep to produce a tough win on resuming.

She initially tucked in behind leaders Ashlor and Witherspoon and looked in a lovely position before she peeled off their backs and then found roughie Ashlor ($31) tough to get past.

But she nailed Ashlor on the line with Brooklyn Hustle ($3.80 eq fav) finishing third after getting a lovely run and being within striking distance on the turn.

Jamie Kah didn’t ride Bella Vella in the mare’s Group 1 triumph in Adelaide but it will be tough to prise her off now.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t go over and ride her because of COVID, but I’m very happy she’s in Melbourne and no one can get me off her at the moment,” Kah said.

The McEwen Stakes produced some interesting moves in Moir Stakes betting with Bella Vella firming from $11 to $8 while Brooklyn Hustle drifted from $9 to $11.

Fourth-placed finisher Hanseatic, the Blue Diamond runner-up, drifted from $4.50 to $6 in markets on the Moir.

Originally published asBella Vella delivers another fairytale moment

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