Bell’s patient policy working again

Vinnie Colgan returning to scale on Julius after a sound maiden win at Matamata today.

Vinnie Colgan returning to scale on Julius after a sound maiden win at Matamata today.

Cambridge trainer John Bell is once again adopting his usual patient policy with his latest emerging talent.

Bell has shown his patience with a host of promising gallopers in recent years, including the problem-plagued open sprinter Mosse and the talented Enough.

As Bell has often said, these, as well as recent Rotorua Cup – Cornwall Handicap winner Storming The Tower, are the types of horses who help getting up early each morning that much easier. And now he’s happy to add Julius to that list.

Julius, a four-year-old son of in-form sire Swiss Ace, took just two starts to break through for his first win, at Matamata today, and he did it in the style of a horse with a bright future.

“He’s had a lot of issues with maturity. That’s why he’s almost five and having just his second start,” said Bell.

“He’s a nice horse who could go quite a way.”

Julius was trialled twice earlier this year, for a win at Te Teko last April and a second to the unbeaten Wooden Edge at Cambridge. Form from that second trial is standing up well as the third placegetter was Just Sugar, who won at Tauranga last week.

Julius again clashed with Wooden Edge and Just Sugar in his debut at Te Awamutu and charged home for second behind the Chris Wood-trained galloper while Just Sugar was third..

Vinnie Colgan climbed aboard Julius today and had him tracking the leader, Dinah Lee, to the 550 metres.

Julius drifted rounding the home turn but once balanced again he finished strongly down the outer to collar Dinah Lee and win by a length and a half.

Bell’s daughter, Summer, is part of the syndicate which races Julius, while other members are Hamish Jones, Rex Hawkins, Guy Davey, Bill Harris, Peter Schmidt, Mere Balzer, Stephen Read and Mark Robins.

The contingent of owners can now concentrate on the Rotorua meeting on July 30.

“He (Julius) can go there a special conditions race then be put aside for the spring,” said Bell.