Felino Bel headed to Ipswich today looking to make it back to back wins after her recent impressive effort and handled the class rise of today with ease in taking out the Channel Seven Fillies and Mares Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1200 metres. The daughter of Bel Esprit settled well back in the field much like her previous win but unlike that win she was not able to come through the field but had to make a long sustained run around the field before gaining the upper hand late to score by a long neck. Like her previous winning effort Felino Bel was giving away age and race experience with the lightly raced Three year old filly now taking her record to Thirteen starts for Four wins and Two minor placing’s and by the way she has won her previous two starts her race record looks set to improve.
Winning Co Trainer Bryan Guy explained after the event that Felino Bel has been a slow maturing type that has always shown ability but just needed time to mature both physically and mentally “She is a nice filly and from where she has come from I think there will be city class races in her. Although she won as a Two year old she was not there in the body or head and as you can see she is a light little thing so we have just taken our time, it’s a credit to Bill and Lyn Bain for being patient with her, I hope that she will go on and repay that patience.”
Felino Bel was ridden again by Jim Byrne and unlike her previous win he was forced to change the plan midrace “I wanted to ride her the same way I rode her last start so the plan was to save her up and have one crack at them but when nothing was taking me into the race I was forced to go around the field and make a long sustained run which was not ideal but she is a tough little thing with a great will to win.”
Felino Bel continued a good run for Team Guy with her win bringing up the stables third win in seven days and Co Trainer Daniel Guy praised the stable staff for their efforts “It has been a good week for the stable but it is only possible with the support of good staff and thankfully we have that. It would be easy on these cold mornings to lay in bed but our staff are there putting in the hard yards enabling these results to occur.”