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Weekend Wrap Up- 18.03.19

Bye Bye Belle marked herself as one to watch over the weekend with trainer Mick Kent now plotting an ambitious shot at the Gr.1 Australian Oaks for the impressive Yarra Valley maiden winner.

Having just her third start Bye Bye Belle charged home to break her maiden by half a length in the 1950m race on Sunday.

While it is only less than four weeks until the Group One staying feature for fillies at Randwick,
Kent, who won that race with Absolutely in 2011, harbours grand ambitions for the filly. 

"I like this filly a lot," Kent said. "She's got a good cruising speed, and I want to get her to a mile and half as she's a staying type filly. We've taken our time with her and hopefully she’ll end up somewhere in the autumn."

"We’ve still got our eye on Sydney with her. If we see our way clear, we’ll go to the (Gr.3) Adrian Knox with her and we think she’ll like the soft ground."

Bred in partnership by Gordon Cunningham, Michael Kirwan and Demi O'Byrne, Bye Bye Belle was purchased by Phill Cataldo out of Curraghmore's 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run draft.

On Saturday Rodrico relished the wet conditions at Rosehill running second in the Gr.3 Sky High Stakes (2000m). 

Sold through Curraghmore's 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling draft, the well-travelled Rodrico joined the Bjorn Baker stable late last year.

“It was a good effort," jockey Sam Clipperton said.

"He loves the ground and I kept him hard up against the fence and he gave a good sight.”

The six-year-old son of High Chaparral holds a nomination for the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) to be run at Randwick on April 13.



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