Bello has come out on top after the running of the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap at Newcastle Racecourse today March 20, 2013.
The four-year-old won the race by half a length in front of Laser Hawk, who finished in second, and Famous Seamus, who passed the post in third.
Bello has now won seven of his 21 race starts and has earned more than $550,000 in prize money during his horse racing career.
The Exceed And Excel gelding was paying odds of $8.50 to win the 2013 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap at bookmaker.com.au.
While trainer Peter Snowden was not there to see Bello win today’s 2013 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap, stable Foreman Brad Whiddup was at the track.
“(We) drew a good gate and it was a terrific ride,” Whiddup said in praise of jockey Jason Collett.
“He’s a terrific young rider and he’s going really well.”
Whiddup did not expect Bello to go on towards the Group 1 Doncaster Mile on April 20, 2013, and predicted that today’s run could be the gelding’s final autumn start.
“I don’t think so,” he said when asked about a possible Doncaster Mile start.
“I’m not sure what Peter’s plans are now but that’s a good grand final anyway.”
Jockey Jason Collett was thrilled to have scored the 2013 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap win aboard Bello.
“It’s fantastic,” he said.
“(We) got all the favours up the rail there and got a soft run.
“When that run opened up I was pretty happy then.
“Any win is good but to pick up a stakes win like this is pretty good.”
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2013 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||6||BELLO||Peter Snowden||Jason Collett||–||3||54kg||$8.50|
|2||1||LASER HAWK||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||0.2L||7||59kg||$11|
|3||10||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ms Robyn Freeman-Key||0.7L||4||54kg||$7|
|4||5||RASPBERRIES||Peter Snowden||Glen Boss||1.1L||6||54kg||$9|
|5||9||MAHISARA||Paul Messara||Craig Williams||2.2L||11||54kg||$3F|
|6||3||TRIPLE ELEGANCE||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||2.3L||9||56.5kg||$14|
|7||14||BEREFT||David Atkins||Brenton Avdulla||3.2L||13||54kg||$71|
|8||7||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||4L||12||54kg||$11|
|9||13||JACQUINOT BAY||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||4.8L||5||54kg||$6|
|10||11||MAULES CREEK||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||4.9L||2||54kg||$51|
|11||4||ALL LEGAL||Kevin Moses||Glyn Schofield||5.7L||1||55.5kg||$17|
|12||15||KIRINATA||Paul Perry||Nathan Berry||6.1L||10||54kg||$91|
|13||8||YOUTHFUL JACK||Ross Stitt||Robert Thompson||8.8L||8||54kg||$71|