Season Win 50 - La Flora Belle Beautiful

Date: 29 Oct 2022

Season Win 50 - La Flora Belle Beautiful

Given a gun ride by Lisa Allpress, La Flora Belle (5 m Iffraaj - Tsarina Belle, by Stravinksy) produced a terrific victory in the $14,000 Landmark Homes Rating 75 1600 metres on 28 October at New Plymouth.


Allpress had won earlier in the programme aboard stable-mate and debutante two-year-old colt Trobriand, with a front running ride, while electing to trail aboard La Flora Belle.

Impressive when recording her Maiden win over 1600 metres in February at Pukekohe, which she backed up a month later over the same trip at Hawera, La Flora Belle trialled well before clocking fastest last 600m (35.5) when resuming in the Rating 75 1300 metres on 24 August at Taupo, won by stable-mate Perfect Scenario (Iffraaj).

She followed with a close fourth in the Rating 82 Fillies & Mares 1600 metres on 10 September at Ruakaka, before being collared after setting a genuine pace in the Rating 75 1600 metres on 8 October at Matamata.

Economically drawn in barrier two, appreciation of the course at her first attempt was all that needed answering and she had no problem there.

Perfectly spotted behind the first two and travelling sweetly, Allpress seized on an inside run when the leader rolled off at the 400m and La Flora Belle did the rest to score by two and three-quarter lengths.

“It was good to get a win today and will bring her confidence back, going forward,” said trainer Mark Walker, after registering his 50thwin this season.

“It was a lovely ride by Lisa.  We are going to target some black type races with her, maybe the Wanganui Cup.”

The $65,000 Wanganui Cup (Listed, 2040m) is scheduled for Saturday 26 November.

On footing that remained Good4 throughout the day, La Flora Belle ran 1600 metres in 1:35.2, last 600m in 35, and returned $3.40 & $1.90 on the TAB tote.

“She's a good mare and it was great to see her win again for Marie Leicester,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.

“Marie was on course last Saturday at Te Rapa, and presented the trophy as sponsor, in memory of her parents, after Wild Night (Vanbrugh) won the James & Annie Sarten Memorial (Gr. 2, 1400m) for us, and she's a lady that loves breeding and racing thoroughbreds.

“I'd like to congratulate all the team, at the farm and the stables, and all the winning owners in achieving 50 wins for the stable so early in the season, and let's hope we can keep the roll going.”

Adding to a favourable result, La Flora Belle is a three-quarter sister to former star stable-mate and dual Horse of the Year Melody Belle (Commands).

Purchased by Ellis for $57,500 at 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, from the draft of Haunui Farm, owned by Fortuna Syndications (Mgr: John Galvin), Melody Belle retired winner of 14 Group One races - surpassing 13 by Sunline (Desert Sun) - 19 from 41 in total and $4.3 million prize money, before selling as a broodmare for $2.6m.

Both Melody Belle and La Flora Belle were bred by Marie Leicester.

Grand-dam Empress Belle (Sir Tristram), from which both Tsarina Belle (Stravinsky) and Meleka Belle (Iffraaj) (dam of Melody Belle) stem, left nine winners of 31 races, while to date Tsarina Belle has left three winners of nine races.

Breeding a horse like Melody Belle is something dreams are made of, especially for the Sarten family that commenced the breed in late 1940s. It is a family that keeps giving and the manner of victory and potential exuded by La Flora Belle is evidence of more to come.

Leading the premiership by 30 wins, Te Akau trainer Mark Walker has won nine premierships, including five in New Zealand and four in Singapore (where Te Akau trainer Donna Logan currently leads).

La Flora Belle was strapped by Kendyll Lee.


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