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What a Belle

It is all about the education for trainer Tony McEvoy.

He believes Pierro Belle has the potential to reach black type races but was happy to take the filly to Wodonga in country Victoria on Monday, September 10 to grab a win, and experience.

A well backed $2.80 favourite, Pierro Belle, ridden by Luke Currie, dashed away from her rivals in the Naubro Maiden Plate (1100m) to score by 2-1/4 lengths from Zizi La Fille ($5.50) with Farthing Wood ($3.60), a half-length away third.

McEvoy’s Victorian stable foreman Michael Shepherdson said the filly would take great experience from the race.

“Tony’s got some nice races in mind going forward,” Shepherdson said.

“It was important to place her right for a first up win, so she can take some confidence going forward.”

Winning jockey Luke Currie said Pierro Belle still had a bit to learn.

“She got a big agitated in the gates and stepped slowly,” Currie said.

“She travelled well but I got her going on the home turn because I felt the leaders had had a soft run and I didn’t want them sprinting away from us.

“When the filly hit the front, she tended to knock off and I had to keep her mind on the job.

“Tony brought her here for the experience and I’m sure will benefit and be competitive in better races going forward.”

Pierro Belle, by Pierro from Pane In The Glass, was purchased by McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $300,000 at the 2017 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and is a half-sister to the talented McEvoy-trained Roomooz, a winner of two races.