BELLA FERRARI came home to us on Tuesday and we have now made the decision to retire her. She suffered the thumps badly after her last run, to the extent that the BHA Vet has been in contact querying her future running. She’s turned out with Paco’s Angel and she is enjoying the grass.
8 November 2018
BELLA FERRARI has returned from her race at Kempton fit and well.
5 November 2018
BELLA FERRARI is sound following her race at Kempton, she did however have a severe case of the Thumps that night and had to be treated by the vet before travelling home. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing effort. I can’t make too many excuses for her. Bella can be her own worst enemy, often pulling hard at home and I do wonder if a change in scenery would benefit her.
BELLA FERRARI seems in very good form. She breezed yesterday and moved well. More importantly she recovered quickly. Bella is due to run in early November, after which we can discuss her future.
18 October 2018
BELLA FERRARI is well and I’m looking to run her again soon. I don’t think there is a suitable race left for her on turf, but I will keep checking.
11 October 2018
BELLA FERRARI was dropped 1lb by the handicapper to give her a new rating of 74. Bella Ferrari has come out of her Lingfield run in good form. I hope that she can have one more run before the end of the season but unfortunately there is nothing suitable for her on the turf. She will therefore stay on the all-weather and be aimed at Chelmsford on October 25th or Kempton on November 2nd. I appreciate that she has been frustrating, especially on her last two runs; however, I would like to stress that she’s a lovely filly that I feel will improve significantly with another winter on her back.
5 October 2018
BELLA FERRARI is sound this morning after her run yesterday. I’ll be in touch next week to outline race plans for her.
4 October 2018
BELLA FERRARI ran a good race today at Lingfield considering her draw, it is almost impossible to get involved from there and she had quite a rough old time of it. She’s finished off her race really nicely and she hasn’t been beaten all that far, so it was an encouraging effort. Harry was delighted with her. He felt that the draw got her beat and she would have gone closer if in a better position. He liked her and thought she ought to be winning races again, he felt that seven furlongs was no problem for her.
BELLA FERRARI will receive an entry for 4th October at Lingfield. I’ve been pleased with her recent form and I hope we will see her head back in the right direction after a poor run at Leicester. Due to the drying ground conditions I’d like to give her another run on the all-weather.
Yard News James Garfield will now be aimed at the Prix de la Forét on Arc day. He has come out of Haydock in excellent form, clearly having been unsuited by the heavy ground. Although we’re stepping back up to 7 furlongs, Longchamp has always been thought of as an ‘easy 7’ and I’m confident the track will suit him well. In the meantime, we have a busy couple of weeks ahead starting with promising two-year-olds Reloaded (pictured), The Great Story and Concierge. Reloaded is a colt I’ve loved since day one. He was purchased from the Ascot breeze up sale and has been given a nice break since his slightly disappointing debut. He is a horse that shows plen-ty of natural speed, although I believe a mile will be his trip next season. The Great Story will be having his first run for us at Pontefract after an encouraging de-but at Epsom a few months ago. He is a lovely big son of Sea the Moon who will handle some cut in the ground. Concierge will head to Haydock on Friday. With no luck in run-ning on his last two starts he bids to get his season back on track.
20 September 2018
BELLA FERRARI is in good form. We’re looking for a race for her on softer ground, there is nothing on turf for fillies only at six furlongs for the remainder of the season.
13 September 2018
BELLA FERRARI Please click on the link below to watch a video report from George.
BELLA FERRARI I’m pleased to say that Bella Ferrari is sound this morning after her disappointing effort at Leicester yesterday. She’s currently enjoying a few hours out in the grass pen. Speaking to Jim Crowley, he thought that the ground was a little fast for her and that a flat track would suit her better. She did have an episode of the thumps after the race that quickly settled with her calcium. I’ll give her a few weeks before running her again on soft ground.
You can view the race result by clicking on the link below
BELLA FERRARI appears to have come out of her Yarmouth run in excellent form; we will therefore head to Leicester next week. Off of a mark of 75 I very much hope that she can continue to progress. She seems to be growing up the whole time and is really starting to relax and enjoy her training in the mornings.
6 August – 12 August 2018
BELLA FERRARI The weather appears to be on the change so I have made a couple of entries for her next week. She’s training well and is very well in herself, she’s fresh and has been ticking over nicely at home.
30 July – 5 August 2018
BELLA FERRARI is training really well. Like many of the horses, she won’t be seen on the track until it rains. Not only does she want some cut in the ground, but with her condition of being prone to the thumps, it’s probably not a good idea to travel her in this very hot weather. She’s strengthening the whole time and I’m looking forward to an autumn campaign with her.
BELLA FERRARI All is well and she’s in very good form and moving very well. The weather hasn’t broken yet, which it needs to as I feel she doesn’t like it very firm and racing in very hot conditions also isn’t ideal for her.
16 July – 22 July 2018
BELLA FERRARI is in high spirits and is moving well. Due to the fast ground she is only ticking over. I very much hope that we’ll be able to get plenty of racing out of her when the weather changes. She’s strengthening and growing the whole time and I’d like to put a line through her last run.
9 July – 15 July 2018
BELLA FERRARI is fine and seems to have come out of her last race well. She’s just ticking over at home at the moment as we wait for it to rain.
6 July 2018
BELLA FERRARI was dropped 1lb by the handicapper to give her a new rating of 69. Please click on the link below to watch a video report.
This was a disappointing run from her at Windsor last night. David Egan felt that she was very, very flat. My gut feeling is that because she suffers from the thumps, the condition where she has to have calcium in her to counteract that, maybe with the hot weather she might have sweated that out and as a result she was thumping very badly after the race, which is a sign that she was a bit distressed. She worries about most things and with the benefit of hindsight the heat and the travelling probably just sapped it out of her and as a result she was very flat. That’s my feeling, in an ideal world she probably wants better ground than that, with a little bit more cut in it. We won’t be rushing back and running on fast ground in the heat again. I’m not too disappointed and I think we just have to put a line through this run.
Bella Ferrari has really come back to herself over the last 10 days and is certainly ready to run. She’ll be declared for Windsor and I very much hope that she can be very competitive again.
Yard News I was delighted to see Olympic Odyssey win so impressively on his first run in handicap company. He’s a big raw horse that’s clearly improved for a step up in trip and for being gelded. He travelled smoothly and put the rest of the field to bed decisively. Due to the way he came out of the race we decided to take him to Ripon where he was caught a relatively long way back; he made a tremendous fist of it to go down by just the shortest of margins only three days later. I was pleased with James Garfield’s effort in the Jersey Stakes on Wednesday. As always, he put everything in but was slightly unfortunate to be drawn away from the action; he won his nearside group despite carrying a 5lb penalty. There are now plenty of options for him which may include some traveling. Unfortunately, Another Batt was outclassed in a race of that magnitude, Adam Kirby was very sensible and once he realised the horse had no chance he looked after him for another day. Another Batt will also be on his travels and could head to Sweden for a nice pot in the middle of July. Gilgamesh has always represented my best chance of the week in the Wokingham Stakes tomorrow. I’m happy with his central draw and the form he’s been in at home. The 6 furlongs would be my only reservation; provided he can jump and travel in the early part of the race, I see no reason why he won’t come home strongly.
I won’t be declaring to run at Carlisle on Monday. There are quite a few more highly-rated horses in the race, including one who ran in the 1,000 Guineas!, so it wouldn’t do our future mark any favours if we were to win or run well there. I plan to go to Windsor a week on Monday with her for a 6f 51-70 fillies’ handicap.
Bella Ferrari took a little longer to come back physically after Leicester than I had expected. She’s now back cantering and seems happy with herself. The plan is to run her at Windsor on the 25th June. She was put up 3lbs by the handicapper giving her a mark of 70.
Bella Ferrari ate up and is sound this morning. As mentioned, I was delighted with her effort and I hope that she can build on her finishing position next time out.
She ran a really lovely race to finish third at Leicester, she was only beaten a neck and a head and she came from last place. It was a bit of a shame that she had to challenge wide and also that she got pushed wider and wider. I thought that Jamie gave her a really lovely ride and we definitely have a nice filly that is going to win races. I’ve got a feeling that she is going to be able to climb the handicap, she behaved impeccably and went in the stalls well and had to stand in there for quite a while. It was a really positive run and I very much hope that she’ll be winning races as the season progresses, I was delighted with her.
Bella Ferrari has been in fantastic form over the past couple of weeks. As you know she’s received an entry for Leicester and I hope that she’ll run positively. Adam Kirby will ride, he’s exactly the right man for the job.
She has done well since her run at Newcastle. I am looking forward to running her in the fillies’ handicap at Leicester on 29 May and I hope that she will be very competitive off her handicap mark of 67.
Bella Ferrari appears to have come out of her race in very good form. As you know she was allotted a mark of 67, which I’m happy with. As a result I’d like to run her at Leicester on 29 May. It should be the perfect race being a 0-70 fillies handicap over 6 furlongs.
She got a mark of 67 from the Handicapper this morning, I’m happy with that.
She has travelled back from Newcastle and jogged up sound this morning. She did have a case of the “thumps” after the race, so she was treated with a Calcium drip. I’ll be in touch next week once I have seen her handicap mark to discuss plans. She probably found five furlongs on the sharp side, but I will see what options there are available to her once we receives a handicap rating.