SA TROTS - Belladonna Girl bound for the USA
SHE’S pretty much secured a berth in the state’s main pacing event, but that doesn’t mean Belladonna Girl is guaranteed to take her place in the field.
Thanks to last night’s Mount Gambier Cup the handy mare is all but assured a start in the South Australia Cup.
The problem is the feature is still four weeks away and Belladonna Girl is “treading water” as she awaits a flight to America.
While the chances of a plane becoming available by April 30 are slim, it is a possibility according to trainer Jamie Williams.
“She’s on her way to America,” Williams said. “As soon as the plane is ready she will be gone even if it’s before the main cup at the end of the month.
“That’s highly unlikely given the timeframe, but you never know, the call could come tomorrow!
“She will be better suited to America as she loves sitting off the speed and will be trained over there by Lauren and Shane Tritton.
“It wasn’t that long ago her owners turned down a pretty good offer from America, but they bred her and have decided to race her over there themselves.”
Between now and her pending departure, Belladonna Girl will enjoy a “few easy days” before being readied for the Victor Harbor Cup in a fortnight.
“She’s owned by the Cormack family and Adam is from Victor Harbor, so he’d like to win his hometown Cup,” Williams said.
“She showed last night she is capable of winning these class of races, but like most of them, she just needs the right run.”
Driven by David Smith during her latest outing, Belladonna Girl led throughout from barrier three to score by 10-and-a-half metres from Assassinator, with The Cullector a metre-and-a-half away third.
Rating 1:58.2 over 2190 metres, the daughter of Hes Watching took her record to eight wins and 14 placings from 51 starts.