Beautiful Bella

Mar 02, 2015

"She is pretty talented," said a delighted Don Healy after an impressive first up victory by promising filly Bella Capri at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Having her first start since the spring, the lightly raced three-year-old was always travelling well for Ryan Maloney who hooked her out at the 400m - allowing her to stride up three wide into the straight.

Finishing too strongly for Swiss Rock and favourite I Am Gypsy, Bella Capri recorded the second success of her three start career having also won at debut at Bendigo in October last year.

There was a definite air of confidence in the stable leading up to Bella Capri's first up assignment.

"She trialled very nicely at Cranbourne on Monday and pulled up really well," Healy reported, adding that "I think Rick Smith has got himself a nice horse."

It is always a particular pleasure to prepare winners for long time stable supporters such as Rick and his family and this win is especially thrilling for them as the daughter of Bel Esprit is a home-bred.

A daughter of the four times stakes placed triple city winner White Hart Lane, Bella Capri is a half-sister to the Listed winner Lucky Penny.

This is a good Tasmanian family with Bella Capri's grandam being the stakes winner Escapada, a half-sister to the popular and durable Poacher's Star who won 22 races including three at Listed level.