BELLA MENTE AIMED AT 1000 GUINEAS

BELLA MENTE AIMED AT 1000 GUINEAS

Shaune Ritchie is aiming progressive filly Bella Mente towards the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in November.

The rising three-year-old has won one of her four outings, while she twice acquitted herself creditably in stakes company last autumn, including when finishing third – beaten three quarters of a length – in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

“She’s come back in looking great,” Ritchie said.

“She’s a lovely strong filly and the way she ran out the 1400 metres in the Sires’ Produce Stakes she should have no trouble with the 1600 metres at Riccarton.”

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