Half-sister to Black Caviar breaks her maiden at second attempt
Last Updated: 22/04/14 2:58pm
Damien Oliver riding Belle Couture to victory at Caulfield
It took Belle Couture one more run than her famous sibling Black Caviar to lose her maiden status but the style of her success at Caulfield on Monday suggests that there could be plenty more good days ahead.
A Aus$2.6 million purchase from the Inglis Sydney Easter yearling sales, Belle Couture is by leading Australian sire Redoute’s Choice out of Helsinge which makes her a half-sister to the brilliant Black Caviar.
Drawn near the outside of the big field Belle Couture was eased back early by jockey Damien Oliver with the daughter of Redoutes’ Choice standing the leaders a good six lengths at the top of the straight.
Oliver eased Belle Couture to the middle of the track in the straight and she produced a powerful burst to reel in the leaders, going on to score by three lengths.
Trainer Danny O’Brien was more than happy to get that first win out of the way.
“It’s a good pressure it’s nice to have big strong Redoute’s fillies that are half to Black Caviar, I’m happy to deal with it and the owners have been terrific, they’ve never ever put any pressure on,” he told www.racingvictoria.com.
“She had a good trial down the straight two or three weeks ago and pulled up super the next day and she’s gone to the races and had a soft kill today, now hopefully we can start to raise the bar.
With the Australian winter approaching O’Brien wasn't making any grand plans about her future.
“It’s a good time to hopefully learn her craft a bit over the next six weeks or so, the real tough three-year-olds have had their autumn and hopefully we can pick up a couple of races together and maybe have something during the spring.
“Today she’s been back and run on sprinter style, I’ll have a chat to Damien (Oliver) and I’d say we’ll stick at the 1200m for the next run or two anyway,” O’Brien he added.
“There’s plenty of races at Flemington through May and June and hopefully she can put a couple more wins on the board then hopefully give ourselves a platform for some black type. That’s all she needs this filly, she’s very valuable but if she could get a bit of her own black type she’d have it all in front of her”.