Belle du Nord Storms Home to win Cal Isuzu Stakes19 Dec 2018
Cambridge trainers Emma-Lee & David Browne were rewarded for their patience on Saturday when Reliable Man four-year-old Belle du Nord scored a well-deserved black type victory when running home strongly from well back in the field to post a well overdue win in the Group 2 $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes.
Group 1 placed at both two and three, Belle du Nord had a luckless twelve months as a three-year-old, but this season has started off in spectacular fashion with the mare defeating Group 1 winner Lizzie L’Amour at Te Rapa on Saturday. Belle du Nord now looks well placed to take on some of feature races over the summer. Saturday’s feature may not have been a huge field but there was plenty of quality behind Belle du Nord with the likes of Lizzie L’Amour, Love Affair, Nicoletta, and Bisou Bisou among the beaten brigade.
Belle du Nord showed well above average ability at two, winning impressively at Trentham in March before finishing a good second to the high class filly Melody Belle in the Group 1 Manawatu Sire’s Produce Stakes at Awapuni. As a three-year-old Belle du Nord was plagued by wet tracks and little in the way of luck, beaten a neck by Age of Fire in the Levin Classic Gr.1 before embarking on an Oaks path in the late summer. Well backed in the NZ Oaks, it was thought that Belle du Nord didn’t stay the 2400m distance of the classic and the filly was freshened before heading to South Australia for a two pronged attack in Adelaide, resulting in a third to Sopressa in the SAJC Schweppervescence Stakes Gr.3 and fifth in the SAJC Laelia Stakes LR.
Belle du Nord returned from Australia with a minor bone chip which was removed and has had two starts as a four-year-old since resuming, finishing sixth over 1200m at Otaki when making ground solidly from the rear and winning the Cal Isuzu Stakes at Group 2 level on Saturday. Belle du Nord relishes a firm track, making races like the Rich Hill Mile and Thorndon Mile over the next month or two ideal targets for the mare as she seeks to extend her black type record.
Ridden by Vinnie Colgan, Belle du Nord was a $50,000 yearling purchase at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Sale by Michael Otto on behalf of Northern Club Racing Syndicate No.12 which is managed by Sir David Williams KNZM,QC.
Belle du Nord is out of the Volksraad mare Bankside Belle who won on eight occasions and was stakes placed in the Listed Lightning Handicap over 1200m at Trentham as well as finishing fourth in the Matamata Breeders Stakes Gr.2 behind Te Akau Coup, Il Quello Veloce, and Raid in 2008.
Pictured: Co-trainer David Browne leads Belle du Nord back to scale.« Back