Miss Stellabelle Stars In Champagne

Miss StellabelleMark Kavanagh’s outstanding run with his three-year-old fillies rolled on at Moonee Valley tonight when Miss Stellabelle scored a brilliant win in the Group Three Champagne Stakes (1200m).

Last through the early and middle stages of the race, Miss Stellabelle produced a powerful finishing burst in the straight to reel in Platelet after that filly was hailed the winner.

So fast was the daughter of Dehere finishing that at the post she raced clear to her rivals to win by a widening length and a half margin.

The win was the second consecutive success for Miss Stellabelle following her impressive Bendigo maiden victory on September 21.

“I said before to race to Ollie – that I don’t think they’re making much ground tonight so perhaps you should be handy,” Kavanagh said.

“But he said – no I’m not going forward – so it was a waste of time telling him anything, but he knows more than me – so full marks he rode it a treat.”

Miss Stellabelle“We spent a lot of time looking and purchasing our fillies and they’re really going well,” he added. “We’ve also got some nice colts too but they’re not quite ready at the moment – perhaps after Christmas for them.”

Kavanagh said Miss Stellabelle was developing nicely and she would most like have one more run before he will reassess her future.

“We won’t over do her. She’s jumped from a maiden to a Group Three – only good horses to do that. We’ll keep in mind there is plenty in the tank for the autumn.”

A graduate of Glastonbury Farms, Miss Stellabelle was twice sold by Magic Millions.

Originally she made $38,000 to the bid of Western Australian based agent Michael Flannery at the 2009 National Weanling Sale.

She was then prepared and sold for $75,000 to Laurence Eales at last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

From just a handful of starts she’s already earned over $110,000 and importantly is now a group winner with her broodmare future in mind.

Mark KavanaghMiss Stellabelle is a three quarter sister to the five time group winning sprinter Here De Angels – a one time Kavanagh prepared star.

She is from the unraced Spinning World mare Sam’s Belle – a half sister to three winners including Here De Angels.

Further back it is the family of Group One performers Dashing Eagle, La Caissiere, Ringa Ringa Rosie and Barawin.

Whether Miss Stellabelle can join that list as a Group One performer, well only time will tell.

Meanwhile, Kavanagh made it a double at the Valley when his flying sprinter Definitely Ready scored a high class win in the first heat of the 55 Second Challenge.

Despite being gassed early by Canberra visitor Zaratone, Definitely Ready was still able to hold off his rivals under the urgings of stable rider Michael Rodd.

Definitely Ready, now an earner of over $220,000, was purchased by Kavanagh form the draft of Mill Park for $140,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Winner: Miss Stellabelle
Breeding: Dehere-Sam’s Belle (Spinning World)
Race: MVRC Champagne Stakes G3 (1200m)
Sold for: $38,000
Sale: 2009 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale
Vendor: Glastonbury Farms (As Agent)
Buyer: Michael Flannery Bloodstock
Sold for: $75,000
Sale: 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Glastonbury Farms (As Agent)
Buyer: Eales Racing
Earnings: $110,375
Owner(s): Eales Racing Pty Ltd (Mgr: LE Eales)
Trainer: Mark Kavanagh (Flemington)