Jessy Belle Wins Group Two Matriarch
Tara Madgwick - Saturday November 5
A $75,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the draft of Torryburn Stud, talented six year-old Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) mare Jessy Belle has taken her own good time to win her first Black Type event, but did it in style at Flemington on Saturday with a sweet victory in the Group II VRC Matriarch Stakes.


Transferred to the Hayes Dabernig partnership after finishing fifth in the Group I Tatts Tiara earlier this year, Jessy Belle was having her first attempt at 2000 metres and came with a withering run for Craig Williams to win by half a length.

Backing up from Melbourne Cup day when she finished fourth over 1700 metres, Jessy Belle produced the best run of her career.

Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said the Lindsay Park team was mindful Jessy Belle was on trial at the trip when issuing final instructions to jockey Craig Williams.

Jessy Belle - Grant Courtney"I made sure I got up and caught him (Williams) before he walked out and I said, you've just got to ride this dead cold otherwise she'll get trucking and not finish," said Dabernig.

"She was going to go for a spell after Cup day and we decided to see how she goes.

"Maybe the quick back-up helped just getting her to relax and taking the winkers off (helped)."

Dabernig feels the Matriarch Stakes success could create further options for Jessy Belle in the future.

"We're going into new territory and she might have been short of her best trip in hindsight," Dabernig said.

"Maybe now (riding her) cold and no headgear seemed to work.

"It might be another avenue to definitely look at in the autumn."

Bred by Bennelong Bloodstock and consigned for sale by Torryburn, Jessy Belle has won eight of 42 starts earning over $760,000 for her big group of owners and is the best of three winners from well-bred metropolitan winner Unconditional Love, a daughter of dual Group I winner Flitter.

Unconditional Love has foaled this spring for Bennelong Bloodstock producing a filly by Sebring.

Jessy Belle is the 114th stakes-winner for Rock of Gibraltar (IRE), who shuttled to Coolmore Australia earlier his career and remains on the roster in Ireland.


7news Matriarch Stakes Gr2 2000m
Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 2:04.70
1
0.5
Jessy Belle
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Craig Williams 55
6m Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) x Unconditional Love (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
2
0.5
Sort After
T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: S Baster 55
4m Wanted (AUS) x Patronyme (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
3
0.6
Happy Hannah
T: P and P Snowden J: K McEvoy 55
4m More Than Ready (USA) x Absolute Joy (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $925,000
V:Strawberry Hill Stud, Mt White
B: Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
4
1.6
Denmagic
T: David Pfieffer J: J B McDonald 55
4m Denman (AUS) x Magic Zefta (AUS) (Viscount (AUS))
5
2.4
Alaskan Rose
T: M D Moroney J: Patrick Moloney 55
4m Encosta De Lago (AUS) x Saskia (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
6
2.8
Lady Le Fay
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 55.5
6m Thorn Park (AUS) x Mia Le Fay (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
7
2.9
Kaniana
T: D K Weir J: Damian Lane 57.5
6m Canny Lad (AUS) x St Anna (AUS) (Umatilla (NZ))
8
3.7
Rising Romance
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: C Schofield 55
6m Ekraar (USA) x Post Romance (NZ) (Postponed (USA))
9
4.2
Powderworks
T: D K Weir J: L Nolen 55
4m Shaft (AUS) x Profits Rock (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
10
6.0
Cinnamon Carter
T: R E Laing J: D Oliver 55
5m Al Maher (AUS) x Cautious Mission (AUS) (Marscay (AUS))
11
6.5
Replique
T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: Katelyn Mallyon 55
4m Darci Brahma (NZ) x Mystique (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
12
6.9
Manageress
T: Ms C Alderson J: Chris Parnham 55
5m Magnus (AUS) x Who's In Charge (NZ) (The Commander (NZ))
13
7.9
Rocket Commander
T: Matthew Dale J: B Shinn 56
5m Court Command (AUS) x Pinot Royale (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
14
8.9
Zanbagh
T: John Thompson J: M Zahra 57.5
6m Bernardini (USA) x Wild Iris (AUS) (Spectrum (IRE))
15
9.9
Amarela
T: N A Blackiston J: D Dunn 55
5m Pentire (GB) x Chickens (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
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