The popular La Bella Roo was unable to win her second on the trot when runnerup at Moonee Valley on Friday night (17 December) following her victory at Caulfield on Wednesday (yep, two days earlier!) but she was a moral beaten.
Missing the jump and hampered badly, La Bella Roo raced at the tail of the field to the turn and then couldn’t buy a run in the straight. Yet, once she saw daylight the mare flew and missed out by a nostril with Steve Richards’ Bel Esprit mare, Bel Shoes, a neck away third.
At Caulfield, La Bella Roo raced wide without cover, but managed to down Belle Diva over the 1100m, giving Bel Esprit yet another city quinella.
La Bella Roo – owned by a syndicate of Kangaroo Flat (near Bendigo) Bowling Club members – has always shown her share of ability although her previous victories had been at Bendigo (twice) and Echuca (twice).
Out of the 4-time winning Manntari mare, La Trio, was bred in Queensland by Dick Karreman.
|La Bella Roo snatches victory at Caulfield. Photo courtesy of Slickpix|