Four Win Saturday - Win No.2 Maven Belle Grp 3 Marvellous

Date: 13 Feb 2022

Four Win Saturday - Win No.2 Maven Belle Grp 3 Marvellous


Primed and ready, Maven Belle (2 f Burgundy - Doyenne, by Kilimanjaro) made it two from two in the $80,000 Platinum Homes 2YO Classic (Gr. 3, 1200m) on Legends Day (Saturday) at Te Rapa.


She looked good beating subsequent Wellesley Stakes (Listed, 1100m) winning stable-mate Hanalei (Darci Brahma) when debuting in a Maiden 2YO 1000 metres on 3 January at Te Aroha, and produced a seamless victory in hands of Opie Bosson.

Drawn barrier one, Maven Belle received the box seat, was clear in good time and, although appearing as though good footing would be preferable, she coped well on the Slow7 going.

“She gave me a really good feel when I galloped her last week and showed it today,” Bosson said. “I was able to use the barrier, but was quite keen to get off the fence. She was still a bit green once I got her off but she won well.

“She up there with the other good two-year-olds in the stable, has a lot of scope about her and is going to be a nice three-year-old.”

Backed as nigh unbeatable, Maven Belle ran 1200 metres in 1:12.5, and the last 600m in 35.9, scoring by one and a half lengths.

“It was a lovely ride by Opie, on a gorgeous filly,” said leading trainer Jamie Richards, collecting his 24thstakes' win this season, after 40 stakes' wins last season among record-breaking 160 wins.

“She's a homebred filly that David and Karyn bred and syndicated among clients of the stable. She's got a lovely pedigree and is closely related to Levante (Proisir).

“I thought she would handle the slow track and she's duly obliged, so really thrilled to get a good black type win.

“She took a little bit more time to come to it than some of the others (two-year-olds), but there's plenty of size and scope for next year as well.

“Her work has been very impressive at home and she had a little while between runs (40 days), so she's got a bit more improvement to come out of today's effort.”

By five-time stakes' winner Burgundy (Redoute's Choice), from stakes' placed winner of six to 2000 metres, Doyenne (Kilimanjaro), Maven Belle is bred for further but has shown precocity and class in winning twice over shorter trips.

“There is no greater thrill in this world than winning a prestigious Group race with a two-year-old that you've bred, at just her second start,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM, who also purchased sire Burgundy as a yearling at Karaka.

“She looked pretty smart winning on debut at Te Aroha, had the form with Hanalei coming out and winning the stakes' race impressively at Trentham, and she looks exciting.

“Each year Karyn and I pick out some homebred youngsters that we really like, and syndicate them. It's incredible the success we've had with some of these horses. It's exciting for the owners and very rewarding for us as breeders.

“The equine team led by Stephanie and Deane at Te Akau Stud works really hard. They wean these foals, look after them through the winter and then break them in. Maven Belle was broken in by Stephanie, and she and Hanalie were paddock mates.

“They do such a good job and it's thrilling to see them come to the races and perform so well at high levels.

“When Opie (Bosson) makes the effort to get down to 54-kilos to ride them you know you've got a real chance because he's a world-class judge of a horse and he'd been riding the filly in work.”

Ellis also paid dues to stallion Burgundy, saying: “I think it's pretty obvious that Burgundy is becoming a huge loss for the industry. He's a really good sire and it's very sad that we haven't got him any longer. He's shown to leave quality horses, like himself, and very versatile horses too with two-year-old winners right through to a New Zealand Cup winner.”

Maven Belle was strapped by Rylee Sheehan.

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