- Standout Tasmanian 2YO favourite for million dollar race.
- Bello Beau luckless at first Victorian start.
- Brendon McCoull retains the ride.
Few Tasmanian trained horses have won a single pay cheque as big as the $550,000 that's on offer for first place in The Showdown, a new addition to the Victorian racing calendar and a race that's worth a total purse of $1,000,000.
Trained by 2021/22 premiership leading trainer Adam Trinder, Bello Beau won three races in succession to begin his career including the Listed Elwick Stakes and Gold Sovereign before "testing the waters" interstate where he was a luckless fifth at Moonee Valley on 25 March.
The performance at Moonee Valley was enough for bookmakers to install Bello Beau the early $2.45 favourite for Saturday's race at Caulfield which is the first leg of the quaddie, set to run at 15:20.
Caught three-back on the rail at his first interstate start, barrier 8 on Saturday looks ideal for Bello Beau to prevent a repeat occurrence and Brendon McCoull has retained the ride aboard the son of Brazen Beau – Bella Princess who will wear blinkers for the first time.
Owner Wayne Roser and his now famous red and white colours are no stranger to interstate success thanks to the feats of retired mare Mystic Journey, and a win for Bello Beau on Saturday would undoubtedly cement his place as a future star of Tasmanian racing.
A $70,000 purchase at the 2021 Melbourne Inglis Premier Sale, Bello Beau already has $172,500 in career earnings and that will more than triple with success at Caulfield on Saturday.