Belitsa sends her owners ballistic with all the way win

TWO-YEAR-OLD filly Belitsa sent her owners into raptures as she captured the Summer Nights Racing Handicap in the opener at Canterbury on Friday night.

Springing the gates from barrier 9, jockey Tommy Berry took Belitsa to the front of proceedings and dictated from the front in the 1200m contest, showing her steely toughness to hold off all-comers to win by a quarter of a length.

After an encouraging debut second at Gosford on January 30, that form was subsequently franked by the winner, who took second in the Pierro Plate at Randwick last Saturday, and Belitsa showed she had good ability here with a fine win.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden praised her mental toughness as took the $22,000 winners cheque.

“That’s a great result,” said Snowden. “She tried very hard and showed good mental toughness doing it the hard way from the front.

“That toughness will take her a long way, but she’s shown she’s got good ability here and we’ll see where that takes her.”

The filly by Rubick was a $100,000 purchase from the Inglis Classic Sale in 2018, and from two starts she has earned almost $40,000 in prizemoney and a lucrative BOBS bonus worth up to $19,250, which owners can put towards future purchases in yearlings.

Congratulations to her great group of owners, and here’s to further success with Belitsa!