It’s safe to say trainer Jon O’Connor didn’t always envisage improving filly Belle Of Yorkes lining up in races like Saturday’s Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) at Morphettville.
The Morphettville conditioner admits he once considered his lightly-raced two-year-old a fair way down his juvenile pecking order but her sharp improvement has quickly seen him change that assessment.
“All along if I were to rank the two-year-olds I have in the stable, she was a long way down the list but she’s just kept improving,” O’Connor said.
“She didn’t show much and was only a chubby little thing that didn’t have much of an action. She was lazy.
“Each time we would bring her back in she would get that bit better. Inch by inch she came on.
“She has really taken to racing.”
Belle Of Yorkes has finished in the top-two at both her career starts to date including a breakthrough success last start.
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She got under the guard of punters after capturing the lucrative $100,000 Racing Rewards SA Breeders Super Bonus event over 1200m at Murray Bridge when a $19 chance.
Jockey Karl Zechner guided Belle Of Yorkes from near last in the run before motoring home to score in comfortable fashion.
“I really like her racing style,” O’Connor said.
“She can get off the bit and chasing and the other day I thought she might have got a bit far off them but she tacked on.
“When she went to them she got there really quickly and won quite easily in the end. It was pretty impressive.”
Belle Of Yorkes is a $9.50 TAB fixed odds chance to continue on winning ways with jockey Zechner set to continue his partnership with the filly.
Belle Of Yorkes is a daughter of Irish sire Sir Prancealot and the filly was the stallion’s first winner on Australian soil when she broke her maiden status.
O’Connor admits he is still learning about the breed but expects his progeny will get better with age.
“The little we knew about the sire, we thought they’d be early sprinting type but that is probably not going to be the case,” he said.
“I suspect they will be better three-year-olds and nice milers.”
Belle Of Yorkes provides the headline act of four runners from the O’Connor stable on the weekend.
The Morphettville conditioner has Great Leveller ($5.50) in the opener while Motell ($5.50) is in race two and Left Hand Man ($9.50) contests race eight.
Originally published asSurprise packet chases stakes success
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