Bella Vella (Image: Racing Photos)
The 2019/20 racing season will be one young Morphettville trainer Will Clarken will always remember thanks to the deeds of his five-year-old Commands mare Bella Vella.
Not only did Bella Vella provide Clarken with his maiden Group 1 success when she claimed the TAB Classic (Robert Sangster Stakes) at Morphettville in May, she also netted him a cool $55,000 bonus for running the fastest time through the 955 Metre Sprint Series at The Valley.
"She had a well-earnt break after the Sangster and is back in work now gearing up for hopefully another good campaign in the spring," Clarken said.
"With her love for the Moonee Valley circuit, at this stage her program has been mapped around three big races staged there.
"We will go first-up in the McEwen on September 5, followed by the Moir on September 25.
"Logically next it would be on to the Manikato Stakes on October 23.
"The only deviation would be if her form was good enough to attract interest from an Everest slot-holder for the big one in Sydney the week prior on October 17."
For the spring, Clarken is also excited about rising three-year-old Beau Rossa as a possible Caulfield Guineas aspirant and a recent addition to his team, imported mare Brand New Day.
"Beau Rossa is as nice a young horse that I have ever had," he said.
"He's only had one run and went super at Morphettville on the Parks track charging home from the tail to run third.
"I had him then ready to run in Melbourne but there was an incident with him on the float on the trip across and we had to scratch him and head to the paddock.
"I know he is by Unencumbered but I'm sure he will run a mile as he is always so happy to relax in his work."
Brand New Day arrives in Australia a winner of three of her eight starts and is already placed at black-type level.
"Bell View Park Stud have bought her and she's been in the stables for about three weeks and is in great order," Clarken said.
"Being Northern Hemisphere-bred and theoretically six months behind her age group, we don't have anything specifically locked in for her yet, but we are looking forward to getting her up and about."
Aside from that trio, Clarken is hopeful there will be other members of his stable that will stake their claim for a crack at races in Melbourne.
"I'm confident mares like Be My Star and Garvoc are capable of contesting and holding their own in Group 2 and 3 mares races," he said.
"Parsifal is another horse we know is up to mixing it in strong black-type races, but we just need to see him find his mojo again after disappointing us last campaign."