IT TOOK a little longer than anticipated, but with her goal reached, handy filly Bella Rippin has been sent for a spell.
Expected to benefit from the break, Bella Rippin was kept in work in a bid of earning her Qbred bonus, which she achieved at Redcliffe.
“She has been up a long time, but I kept pushing to get that win and bonus with her before the end of the season,” Donovan said. “I’m rapt she was able to get the win and now she’s straight for the paddock.
“I’ll give her eight or so weeks off and think she will really benefit from the spell. She does show a bit of promise and with the chance to freshen up and grow, she should be better again next time in.”
With Peter McMullen in the cart, was perfectly driven to gain the one-one from her second row draw as Irishtown Babe led and Yes Brother Yes occupied the ‘death seat’.
Angled into the clear at the top of the home stretch, the daughter of Cammibest sprinted to a two-metre win from the pacemaker, with Yes Brother Yes battling on for third.
“I felt she was a good chance as she has been racing well, but just having no luck,” Donovan said. “All she’s needed is a break to go her way and that finally came.”
Covering the last half in 60.4 seconds, the two-year-old rated 2:00.7 for the 1780 metres.
Bred and owned by Donovan, Bella Rippin’s maiden win came at her ninth start, having run three previous placings.
- PAUL COURTS