27 Apr 2022
After watching our Group 1 winning graduate, Bella Vella, sell for $1.9 million as a broodmare in May last year, the last thing we all expected was to see her back on the track 11 months later!
Sometimes the best laid plans don't come to fruition and for the second time in her career, Bella Vella failed to get in foal (to I Am Invincible), so her new owners at Rosemont Stud decided to give her one more crack at gaining another Group 1 win.
Returned to trainer Will Clarken in Sydney, the now seven year old mare has been brought along slowly and rewarded connections with a brilliant all the way win in Saturday's Group 3 R N Irwin Stakes over 1100m at Morphettville. The sixth stakes winner to come off Willow Park this season, it was the 11th win (fourth at stakes level) for the little filly we nicknamed Lucy, taking her earnings over $970,000.
Her story is one of the most talked about in the industry and it began at Willow Park, as the second foal of American mare Forget The Weather (Stormy Atlantic). By a sire we had so much success with in Commands, the filly with a beautiful temperament was sold to Paul Moroney at Magic Millions in 2016 for $100,000 and the rest is (a colourful!) history.
Trainer Will Clarken has made it known Bella Vella's ultimate aim is another Group 1 win and we'll be part of a very large contingent cheering her on in her next few starts!