2015 Grafton Cup Looking Likely for Lady Belladonna

June 10th, 2015

Classy four-year-old Lady Belladonna has continued to build to the task over a competitive four start campaign this time in, and trainer David Kelly remains optimistic she is worthy of a berth in the 2015 Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 9th.

Trainer David Kelly has outlined a bold plan for Lady Belladonna to contest the 2015 Grafton Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Trainer David Kelly has outlined a bold plan for Lady Belladonna to contest the 2015 Grafton Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Posting two wins and as many minors through only eight career starts so far, Lady Belladonna ran a credible fourth amongst classy competition in the CA Advisors Handicap (1400m) first-up on April 11th, and while failing to figure when eighth in the Tradies Day Plate (1400m) on April 29th, has since finished third in the Richmond River Handicap (1600m) and second in the Kirra Surf Club Handicap (1800m).

Pleased with the continually-building condition of the four-year-old, Kelly told the Northern Star Lady Belladonna is a classy horse and he is confident she is capable of progressing into the 2015 Grafton Cup.

“She’s a progressive mare who I think will stay,” Kelly said.

“Last preparation she won two from four (1400m and 1800m) and has come back a better mare this time. She’s only been lightly raced.

“She’s a good sort of mare who I’m trying to get ready for the Grafton Cup.

“She’s a Class 2 horse stepping up to open company. Ideally I would run her in her own grade but there’s nothing much suitable around for her.

“She’s a compact, strong mare, a dream to train who you can put anywhere in a race, forward or back.”

Stamping her claims as one to watch over a strong maiden preparation through spring, Lady Belladonna finished mid-pack in each of her first two starts before taking out each of the Gateway Motel Maiden Handicap (1400m) and Attwood Marshall Lawyers Plate (1800m).

The 2015 Grafton Cup final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday July 6th.

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