Beau set to be the best again

Last season’s best two-year-old Bello Beau looks set to continue where he left off following the gelding’s impressive all-the-way win in the $125,000 McB Developments 3YO Cup over 1200 metres in Launceston on Wednesday night.

In Brief

  • Bello Beau asserts his authority on 3YO Cup.
  • Trinder keen to test his stable star in the Newmarket.
  • Jaguar Stone has to be content to be bridesmaid again.

Bello Beau resumed this season with a win in an open 3YO handicap in Launceston and looked reasonably impressive in defeating his stablemate Jaguar Stone.

But this latest effort clearly stamped him as a serious sprinter with scope to head to next week's Newmarket if his trainer Adam Trinder so desires.

The Newmarket handicap is the state's most prestigious sprint race and next week's field will be arguably the best in years, but Trinder is keen to test his talented three-year-old.

"I'm happy to test the water at the top level to see where he is at and if he comes through this run in good order I'll enter him for the Newmarket and if that eventuates we will get to see where he fits," Trinder said.

"Our long-range goal is the Australian Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne at Flemington, so he won't be over-exposed here in Tassie this preparation."

Bello Beau ($1.35 fav) was able to hold the lead from his inside barrier but he was given no peace in front with fillies Zulu Guru ($31) on his outside and Flying to Paris ($61) three-wide with no cover making the leader work.

But when rider Brendon Mccoull gave the gelded son of Brazen Beau a squeeze turning for home he kicked clear and went on to defeat Jaguar Stone by a length with outsider Bokeo ($61), that trailed the leader, a similar length away third.

Trinder was pleased with Jaguar Stone's effort but was concerned that she appeared to lose concentration at the top of the straight when being asked to extend by rider Troy Baker.

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