Bella Vella scorches the turf in 55 second challenge.
24 Mar 2020
Bella Vella, a 5yo Commands mare, showed off her blistering speed on Friday night, when taking out her second heat of the Ladbrokes 55 second challenge at Moonee Valley. First up off a spell, she posted the fourth quickest time in the history of these challenges, winning over the 955m in 54.84, breaking her own record for the quickest heat this season and becoming the only winner to break the 55 second mark. In posting the fastest time of the season, the speedy mare earned connections a bonus $55,000.
Out of the imported American mare, Forget The Weather, Bella Vella was foaled at Willow Park and sold through our Magic Millions 2016 draft to Paul Moroney Bloodstock, for $100,000. Trained at Morphettville by Will Clarken, she has had 26 starts for seven wins and eight placings, with earnings of $315,000 to date. While she had a variety of trainers early in her career, since moving to the Clarken Stable in Adelaide she has had nine starts for four wins in the city.