Home in style, La Bella records her debut win. Kenton Wright www.raceimages.co.nz
Capable horsewoman Lorraine Sullivan appears to have another promising galloper on her hands, after La Bella (3 B. F. Ekraar – Leontyne, by Star Way) debuted with a perfect result in the V E Veterinary Services Maiden over 1150-metres at Te Awamutu on Friday.
In July, Phar Cry (Street Cry), a filly she bred, owns and trains with her husband Bill Sullivan, created a big impression when winning impressively on debut at Te Rapa, before unfortunately going amiss when running second at her next start.
With tote support ($5.10 & $1.80) on the back of her emphatic solitary trial win over talented filly Simply Brilliant (Starcraft), recorded on the Te Awamutu track in August, La Bella retained the services of Mark Hills to commence her career.
A stride slow to begin, La Bella was fortunate to slot one off in midfield when sent forward from a wide gate soon after the start, assisted to do so by a genuine pace upfront.
Ranging to challenge on the home turn, she exuded good attributes in her action when sustaining a big finish to score nicely.
Footing on the better side of genuine dead seemed perfect for her, after winning her trial on heavy going, while the pedigree suggests likewise.
Sullivan said, “She’s a filly that’s going to get over a bit of ground and she doesn’t mind cut in the track, either.”
Sullivan purchased La Bella as a weanling for $46,000 at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, and to win first-up over a short trip augurs well for her future as she is a half-sister to the talented staying performers Kaapeon, Kaapentyne, and Kaapeon Way, all by Kaapstad (Sir Tristram).
Kaapeon included the Counties, Marton, and Egmont Cups in his eleven wins, while Kaapeon Way has won three times to 2100m, with Kaapentyne also winning three times to 2200m, before going on to leave talented fillies Pams Pompallier and Casabella Lane, both by Volksraad (Green Desert).
In the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds at Karaka, November 16 & 17, Sullivan has Lot 369 which should attract plenty of interest.
The first foal from her impressive performing filly Ladykin (Volksraad), the bay colt by Niello (Octagonal), is a grandson of Skimmer (Epidaurus), a staying filly that Sullivan prepared to win five times, including an impressive victory at Ellerslie over 2100m.
Ladykin was also a first foal and competed in strong company, impressing over a mile.
From a talented female line, if the colt boasts all the right physical attributes then the successful buyer could have a real racehorse on their hands.