Bright future tipped for Bella Gioia

Bella Gioia (Sam Weatherley) beating Impulsive Habit at Te Rapa today.

Bella Gioia (Sam Weatherley) beating Impulsive Habit at Te Rapa today.

Shaune Ritchie believes Bella Gioia can be a serious player against the best of her age group in her next preparation.

The Cambridge trainer produced the daughter of Swiss Ace for a first-up win in the hands of the promising apprentice Sam Weatherley in the Safewise 1200 at Te Rapa and she will head for another break after today’s effort.

“She was impressive and, on that run, 1600 metres will hold no fears for her,” said Ritchie.

“I won’t be considering the Ryder Stakes, but she’s better than a mudder. She’ll have a couple or three weeks off now. If we don’t do that it could hurt her in the spring.

“She’s quite an exciting prospect for those better three-year-old fillies’ races.”

Bella Gioia’s one previous race day appearance had resulted in a fifth placing at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

“That was on a hard track so we tipped her out and she had trialled well earlier this month,” said Ritchie.

“My wife Alison and I popped out on Friday to walk the track and we felt the fence was slower so I indicated to Sam that I didn’t want her to lead,” said Ritchie.

Bella Gioia settled off the pace and swept down the outside to comfortably beat the debutant Impulsive Habit with Cortado third.

– NZ Racing Desk.