Our Belle is a Group 3 Beauty

Date: 11 Dec 2021

Our Belle is a Group 3 Beauty


Deserving favouritism, Belle En Rouge (3 f Burgundy - Cavendish Belle, by Thorn Park) provided Te Akau stable apprentice Joe Kamaruddin his first stakes' victory in the $80,000 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m) on Saturday at Awapuni.


Hitting $2.50 in field of 12 takes a fair push from punters, but Belle En Rouge was fully entitled given her form. Having raced away to win Pearl Series Maiden Fillies & Mares 1300 metres (eligible $11,500 bonus) at Taupo, and rising in class with top third to stable-mate Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) in Soliloquy Stakes (Gr. 3, 1400m) at Matamata, both in October, she registered terrific third to stable-mates The Perfect Pink (Savabeel) in 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) - providing Te Akau first four - on 13 November at Riccarton.

Just 28 days later, Belle En Rouge presented in ready condition and following a handy trip on the outer she finished powerfully to defeat leader and last start winner Achieve (Pierro) in the sole stakes' race on the programme.

Having first won the race in 1996 with Crystal Palace (Palace Music), Belle En Rouge followed Insouciant (Keeper) and King's Rose (Redoute's Choice), both New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year, and Lilikoi (Charm Spirit) two years ago, to become the fifth Eulogy winner for Te Akau.

On footing upgraded from Slow7 to Dead6 after race two, Belle En Rouge ran 1600 metres in 1:37.9 and recorded 14thstakes win this season for trainer Jamie Richards, following nine domestic and four in Australia.

“It was a great result for the owners and for Joe (Kamaruddin) to get his first stakes' winner in the tangerine (colours) for Te Akau,” Richards said. “It was a lovely ride.”

“We gave her a week in the paddock after the 1000 Guineas, with time to refresh, and Lydia Truesdale and the team have done a wonderful job with her at Riccarton.

“They sent her to Palmerston North on Thursday in great order, and she's a filly that's doing a really good job.”

Richards said, depending how Belle En Rouge comes through the race and trip home she could prepare for $120,000 Eight Carat Classic (Gr. 2, 1600m) on Boxing Day at Ellerslie.

Owned by Te Akau Beautiful in Red Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), Belle En Rouge was bred by David Ellis CNZM & Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM.

Her sire, Burgundy (Redoute's Choice), purchased as a yearling by Ellis, won five stakes' races before standing at stud and having his first three two-year-olds to race win on debut.

Out of a Thorn Park mare, Belle En Rouge is from the family of smart gallopers Filante Etoile (Soviet Star), Valbuena (Darci Brahma) and Star Dancer (Starwatch).

“We bred her here at the farm and we offered shares in her to all our owners as a weanling that year.  That's something Karyn and I have tried to do in recent years, offer shares in one or two of what we consider our best weanlings off the farm - it's always very popular and shares sell in minutes.  So it's a great result for her owners - we are proud as punch that she is a ‘home-bred'! “She always looked a standout type to me, since the day she was born, and she deserved a stakes' win after some very good performances.

“She stayed down south after the 1000 Guineas and Lydia Truesdale has done a fantastic job to have her ready to win over a mile, a month after last racing, and that's a feat not easy to achieve.

“I'm thrilled for Joe (Kamaruddin) too. He works so hard and has had a great start to his riding career and seeing him winning his first stakes' race is great thrill for everyone.”

Belle En Rouge was strapped by Milou Grylls.


Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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