2016 Let’s Elope Stakes Possible for Jessy Belle

June 29th, 2016

Trainer Luke Oliver has revealed talented mare Jessy Belle may return for a final racing preparation through the forthcoming Spring Carnival, which will begin with an appearance in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) in August.

Jessy Belle may line up for the 2016 Let's Elope Stakes during the forthcoming Spring Carnival. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Jessy Belle may line up for the 2016 Let’s Elope Stakes during the forthcoming Spring Carnival. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Jessy Belle returned to racing in typically smart form through a busy autumn and winter preparation this year, and extended an already impressive race record to seven wins and twelve minors through a total of thirty-six career starts.

Having revealed the rising six-year-old may retire into a career as a broodmare following an impressive run for fifth in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm over the weekend, Oliver told AAP he will discuss plans with the horse’s connections through coming weeks, with a possible view towards a return in the 2016 Let’s Elope Stakes.

“We’re going to discuss in the next two weeks whether she kicks on or whether she gets retired,” Oliver said.

“I’d love to give her another spring, so hopefully she kicks on.

“At this stage she’s having a two-week spell and then getting ready to come back for potentially the Let’s Elope Stakes, but we’re just going to have a discussion while she’s spelling.”

Beginning her career with a solitary start for Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra in 2013, Jessy Belle has been one of the standout in Oliver’s Caulfield stables through several subsequent racing preparations.

Failing to finish outside the first three in her first campaign for Oliver, the daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar made a steady transition to black type racing through a busy 2014 campaign, highlighted by a bold performance for sixth amongst classy company in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) in spring.

Undoubtedly kicking up a gear through another strong campaign in 2015, highlighted by minor place finishes in each of the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m), Blazer Stakes and Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m), Jessy Belle clearly required a run when eighth in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up this year but responded well for fourth in the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) on March 5th.

Running fifth in the Listed My Kitchen Rules Stakes (1400m) and third in the Listed Sunshine Coast Ascot Handicap (1200m), the mare out of Unconditional Love was luckless in each of the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m) and Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m), but charged home for third in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) a fortnight prior to the Tattersall’s Tiara.

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