Belle Bellino carries Cooper colours to victory
REPORT: BATH, Monday
THE black and yellow colours made famous bythe exploits of Sergeant Cecil were back in the winner's circle after the Ryan Moore-partnered Belle Bellino to land the extended 5f maiden for owner Terry Cooper.
Having her first outing since joining new trainer Ralph Beckett, the filly swooped fast and late down the outside before staying on three and a half lengths too strongly for Gioacchino.
Belle Bellino had formerly been with Rod Millman, who did so well with Sergeant Cecil, but Cooper denied there had been any falling out, saying said: "Rodwas the first person to congratulate me so there is no ill feeling.
"The reason the filly moved is that I live just up the road from where Ralph trains at Whitsbury and I thought his gallops would help her and that is the way it has worked out."
Cooper added of the win: "It is brilliant that she has actually won a race as that was the plan as she has got some decent breeding and will hopefully make a good broodmare in the future."
Moore's youngest brother, Joshua, drove out top weight Wyeth to collect the amateur riders maiden handicap at the expense of Munlochy Bay and notch his third career winner.
Syvilla, runner up on her last three racecourse appearances, went one better with considerable ease as she led on the bit over a furlong out under Chris Catlin to land the 1m 3f maiden from Shy.
Her trainer , Rae Guest, said: "Everybody says she is dodgy with three seconds next to her name but in those races the others were a furlong behind so she deserved to get her head in front the way she has."
Sylvester Kirk landed the first two races on then card after Perfect Friend finished with gusto in the 5f juvenile fillies maiden and River Captain followed up his recent Salisbury success when lifting the 1m nursery.
Perfect Friend was ridden by apprentice Louis-Philippe Beuzelin and the pair may have been fortunate to keep their partnership in tact as the saddle slipped on the filly early in the race.
River Captain's victory was much more straightforward and Kirk said: "He is inthe Goffs Sportsman Sales race at the Curragh at the end of the month."
Judge Di Clark could not separate Mick Is Back and Pembo in the 1m seller and the dead heat result meant that auctioneer, Charlie Moore, had to try and sell both horses after the race.
The former attracted no bid but Pembo was bought in by trainer Ron Harris and Moore remarked: "It is the first time I have had to try and get new owners for two horses but it has happened at Uttoxeter a few years ago."
Witchry relished the soft conditions as he battled on well to grab the spoils in the extended 5f handicap.
Tony Newcombe's charge had a length and a quarter to spare at the line.
Syvilla silenced those who doubted her resilience after easily winning the fillies maiden.