BELANNORO defied all her challengers to win yesterday’s $25,000 Bath Stewart & Associates Jardel Cup (1200m).
The daughter of Bel Danoro led the Jardel Cup field into the straight and while she looked like being headed all the way home the tough and talented filly fought every centimetre for 2kg claiming apprentice Kassie Furness.
In the end they prevailed by a long neck from Sue Grills’ Just Cooking with Leon Davies’ French Tarte another long neck away third.
“She was really impressive,” the really impressive Kassie Furness told connections after unsaddling.
Furness had “let the filly roll” around the back as she led with White Stocking on her outside.
Then Furness was delighted with the way she cut loose in the straight.
It was almost a carbon copy of her previous front-running win at Tamworth.
It was also her fourth successive win for a group of owners including breeder Ann Bryant, Shane Davis, Darryl Goss, Phil Gordon, Graeme Hogg, James Blenkey and Greg Bennett.
“My mother in law bred her,” said Davis.
“Greg also trainer her (Balannoro) mother so he had a little bit of history there.”
Darryl Goss said it was a great training feat by Bennett to win four straight with a mare who had a bad virus and had six months out.”
“Greg’s been very patient with her.”
Bennett, who had won the previous day at Randwick with Scone Cup bound Kaypers, was delighted.
“A great win, lovely ride in a race I’ve been trying to win for a long time,” Bennett said.
“To win that with such a big weight is a big effort. She’s not a big mare either.”