"Hopefully, she is going there to win, then she will be off to town."
That was the summation of young trainer Joe Ible about the prospects of talented mare Bella Amanate ($1.75 on TAB fixed odds) at Moruya on Friday.
Bella Amante has only raced three times for two wins and a debut third – her latest victory at Kembla Grange on a slow track proving to connections she was on the right path back after some minor issues.
The four-year-old didn’t race for 10 months before her latest start and with the benefit of that Ible expects her to perform just as well in the Red Rose Cafe Class 2 (1300m).
“She is a very talented mare who was impressive at Kembla off a long break. She has improved and hopefully she can go on with it,” he said. “She had a few minor niggles so I gave her a lengthy spell to get over those.”
Bella Amante was also an acceptor at the washed out Kembla Grange meeting on Thursday with Ible glad he kept his options open by also accepting at Moruya. From barrier one and with proven wet track form, Bella Amante has the statistics to add to her record, but the extra weight of 4.5kg could be a leveler.
Ible purchased Bella Amante as a yearling and his mother Sharon is one of four owners in the daughter of Pins.
Canberra jockey Billy Owen will be out to add to his brilliant strike-rate since returning to the professional ranks with the ride on the early favourite. Owen has ridden eight winners this month and boasts one of the best winning strike-rates in NSW at 35% since his return.
“Barrier one is a big help and so is having Billy on. He has done a lot of work with her and is riding really well,” Ible said. “The soft track won’t worry Bella Amante one bit and I think she has city grade ability.”
The 28-year-old will also take Dramatico ($5.50) to the meeting who is looking to strike winning form again in the Robus Downlights Benchmark 55 (1425m).
Dramatico won three races early in his career, but has been restricted to just five starts in the past 14 months. His first-up fifth at Canberra showing his trainer enough to suggest he could strike at his second run back.
“He was hampered coming out of the gates and ran a really good race. He was unlucky not to finish closer,” he said. “He has won at the track and distance before and is in well with the claim for Robbie Dolan.”