Bella Nipotina Wins G1 Doomben 10,000

Tara Madgwick - Saturday May 18

Pride of Dubai mare Bella Nipotina has been a busy girl this year lining up in five million dollar sprint races before heading to Doomben for the $1.5million BRC Doomben 10,000 (1200m) on Saturday and the Ciaron Maher trained six year-old pulled out her A game to down the favourite I Wish I Win in a thriller.

Bella Nipotina edges out I Wish I Win - image Grant Courtney

A close second in the Group I ATC TJ Stakes in Sydney last month, Bella Nipotina was flown to Perth to run in the $5million The Quokka where she finished a close fourth before setting her sights on Queensland.

Given a perfect ride by Craig Williams, Bella Nipotina arrived on the line to nudge out I Wish I Win to win by a whisker.


"She actually hasn't been in a stable any more than three days over the past two weeks," Ciaron Maher said.

"She was in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and now Brisbane. Unbelievable mare.

"I thought the (soft) conditions, the track, would really suit and then when we jumped from the barriers I thought we were no chance, but Craig  knows her really well and he took his medicine."

Bella Nipotina is a favourite with Ciaron Maher- image Grant Courtney

An $80,000 Inglis Premier purchase for Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock / Mt Hallowell Stud from the Rosemont stud draft, Bella Nipotina was bred by Michael Christian and partners at Longwood Thoroughbred Farm and they retain a share in her ownership.

Now a two time Group I winner, Bella Nipotina has the impressive record of eight wins and 21 placings from 49 starts with earnings topping $9.8million.

Bella Nipotina is the best of two winners from Bella Orfana, a placed sibling by Star Witness to Group winners Hallowell Belle and Fuddle Dee Duddle (dam of Group III winner Brereton)  from the family of Group I Caulfield Guineas winner In Top Swing.

Longwood Thoroughbred Farm sadly lost Bella Orfana earlier this year and her last foal is a weanling filly by Trapeze Artist.

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Standing at Coolmore at a fee of $22,000, Pride of Dubai has sired three Group I winners this season with Bella Nipotina joining Pride of Jenni and New Zealand trained Desert Lightning.



Race Result - Ladbrokes Doomben 10,000 Gr1 1200m

Doomben Track: Soft(7) Time: 1:10.60
Bella Nipotina
- 6m Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Bella Orfana (AUS) (Star Witness (AUS))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: Craig Williams 56.5
Pride Of Dubai
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
Seller: Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
Buyer: Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock / Mt Hallowell Stud
I Wish I Win
- 5g Savabeel (AUS) x Make A Wish (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: J B Mc Donald 58.5
- 5m Extreme Choice (AUS) x Dahooil (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: N Rawiller 56.5
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $190,000
Seller: Torryburn Stud, Torryburn, NSW
Buyer: Star Thoroughbreds/Randwick Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
Private Eye
- 6g Al Maher (AUS) x Confidential Queen (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
Tnr: Joseph Pride Rdr: B Shinn 58.5
Stefi Magnetica
- 3f All Too Hard (AUS) x Mid Summer Music (AUS) (Oamaru Force (AUS))
Tnr: Bjorn Baker Rdr: Tim Clark 55
Chain Of Lightning
- 5m Fighting Sun (AUS) x Magic Art (AUS) (Perugino (USA))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: Jamie Kah 56.5
- 5g Maurice (JPN) x Chatelaine (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Tnr: Joseph Pride Rdr: Tyler Schiller 58.5
Wee Nessy
- 4m Snitzel (AUS) x Later Gator (NZ) (More Than Ready (USA))
Tnr: M Price & M Kent Jnr Rdr: A Hyeronimus 56.5
Body Bob
- 4g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Fifth Avenue Lady (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: Pat Murphy Rdr: D R Beasley 58.5
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