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Bella Riva records easy victory

Venezuela, República Dominicana, FVI
Bella Riva records easy victory

But the dra­ma did not end there as Cat‘s Can, which is trained by Jose William Sama­roo for Dr Ru­pert In­dar, broke smart­ly but broke down with 550m still to race, dis­lodg­ing Ronald Ali and had to be de­stroyed

How­ev­er, when the starter sent the five-horse field on their way, Cats Can show first but be­fore you could say ‘Jack Robin­son’ Bri­an Boodram­s­ing had Bel­la Ri­va at the head of af­fairs. She led from Cats Can with En­chant­ed Cat clos­ing up in third, Just Bac­cha­nal fol­lowed with Red Knuck­les look­ing on from be­hind

At the far turn, Boodram­s­ing let out half an inch of reign and the daugh­ter of Saint Viguer/Grand Riv­iere quick­ened two lengths clear of En­chant­ed Cat which moved in­to sec­ond as Cats Can broke down giv­ing way to Just Bac­cha­nal to move in­to third with Red Knuck­les ob­serv­ing from the rear

Com­ing to the cor­ner, Bel­la Ri­va was trav­el­ling strong­ly and with every stride moved fur­ther away from her ri­vals. In­side the fi­nal 300m, Bel­la Ri­va was strid­ing clear ma­jes­ti­cal­ly and mak­ing the race look like an ex­er­cise gal­lop. Just Bac­cha­nal to her cred­it stayed on well and looks on for the fu­ture. En­chant­ed Cat was at one pace for Nela Mo­hammed and fin­ished third

Bel­la Ri­va gave train­er O’Brien his third win in three years in the event. In 2018, Ear­ly Bird won and in 2017, Just Cruzin was vic­to­ri­ous

The day’s lead­ing train­er was Chester Roberts, who sad­dled two win­ners in Mes­si in the open­ing event and Khaleesi in the fi­nal event, on the Ari­ma Race Club (ARC) eight-race card. No jock­ey was able to land two win­ners

Bel­la Ri­va, the 1-5 favourite for Sat­ur­day’s fea­ture event, the SFA Breed­ers Stakes over 1,200 me­tres on the main track at San­ta Rosa Park in Ari­ma, saun­tered home by 15 1/4 lengths in the good time of one minute and 31.1 sec­onds (1:13.1).

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Bel­la Ri­va main­tained her un­beat­en tag while prov­ing that she is the best lo­cal­ly bred two-year-old in train­ing.

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Pun­ters made the John O’Brien trained the over­whelm­ing favourite in an event which was full of in­ci­dents. It all be­gan in the pa­rade ring when the Lawrence Latch­mans­ingh trained Desert Grass was with­drawn. Then, at the gates, the well sup­port­ed O’Brien trained Smooth Sail­ing re­fused to en­ter the start­ing stalls.

But the dra­ma did not end there as Cat‘s Can, which is trained by Jose William Sama­roo for Dr Ru­pert In­dar, broke smart­ly but broke down with 550m still to race, dis­lodg­ing Ronald Ali and had to be de­stroyed

How­ev­er, when the starter sent the five-horse field on their way, Cats Can show first but be­fore you could say ‘Jack Robin­son’ Bri­an Boodram­s­ing had Bel­la Ri­va at the head of af­fairs. She led from Cats Can with En­chant­ed Cat clos­ing up in third, Just Bac­cha­nal fol­lowed with Red Knuck­les look­ing on from be­hind

At the far turn, Boodram­s­ing let out half an inch of reign and the daugh­ter of Saint Viguer/Grand Riv­iere quick­ened two lengths clear of En­chant­ed Cat which moved in­to sec­ond as Cats Can broke down giv­ing way to Just Bac­cha­nal to move in­to third with Red Knuck­les ob­serv­ing from the rear

Com­ing to the cor­ner, Bel­la Ri­va was trav­el­ling strong­ly and with every stride moved fur­ther away from her ri­vals. In­side the fi­nal 300m, Bel­la Ri­va was strid­ing clear ma­jes­ti­cal­ly and mak­ing the race look like an ex­er­cise gal­lop. Just Bac­cha­nal to her cred­it stayed on well and looks on for the fu­ture. En­chant­ed Cat was at one pace for Nela Mo­hammed and fin­ished third

Bel­la Ri­va gave train­er O’Brien his third win in three years in the event. In 2018, Ear­ly Bird won and in 2017, Just Cruzin was vic­to­ri­ous

The day’s lead­ing train­er was Chester Roberts, who sad­dled two win­ners in Mes­si in the open­ing event and Khaleesi in the fi­nal event, on the Ari­ma Race Club (ARC) eight-race card. No jock­ey was able to land two win­ners