Options galore for Belle du Nord

Belle du Nord, who is progressing well for an exciting three-year-old season.

Belle du Nord, who is progressing well for an exciting three-year-old season.

Smart two-year-old Belle du Nord has recently returned to Emma-Lee and David Browne’s Cambridge stable after a two-month spell.

The Reliable Man filly had an impressive two-year-old season, featuring a comprehensive victory over subsequent Gr.1 J.J. Atkins runner-up Aloisia and Listed Castletown Stakes winner Hard Merchandize at Trentham in March.

She backed-up that performance with a brave second to Karaka Million winner Melody Belle in the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at Awapuni.

“I was really happy with those two runs,” said Emma-Lee Browne. “Obviously we were in the worst of the ground down on the fence in the Group One which was not ideal, but I thought she was very game the way she finished it off.”

Given the performance of Melody Belle and Aloisia in Australia, Browne said a trip across the Tasman could be on the cards for the filly next season, although she is leaving that call to her group of owners in the Northern Club Racing Syndicate.

“We’re actually going to be having a meeting with the owners in the next week or so,” said Browne.

“There are quite a few options for her both here and Australia. It’s just weighing up what’s better for her and her syndicate of owners because they want to enjoy her racing as much as possible.”

Belle du Nord was purchased for the syndicate by Michael Otto at the 2016 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale. Otto went to $50,000 on behalf of Sir David Williams to secure the daughter of capable sprinter Bankside Belle.

“Sir David Williams, QC, is the driving party behind the syndicate,” said Browne. “He’s had quite a few horses with us.

“He wanted to buy a filly for the Northern Club. They actually raced her mum Bankside Belle under the Northern Club structure.

“He said to us and Michael Otto that he wanted us to go to the May sale and look at her. If we all agreed she was a nice type he wanted to buy her.”

It is a purchase they have not regretted. Belle du Nord has developed into a stronger horse after her spell, according to Browne, and there are plenty of options to consider heading into her three-year-old season.

“I think her ideal distance would be a mile to 2000 metres. She’ll definitely get there,” said Browne.

“She has a really good turn of foot and has got a lot of speed so she may be able to do the shorter distances as well.

“She has developed quite a lot during her spell. She’s looking a lot stronger and feeling very well. I’m pretty excited about the season ahead for her.”

– NZ Racing Desk.