Unbeaten Bellosa bound for Jersey Stakes assignment
Jane Chapple-Hyam will head to the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot with her unbeaten filly Bellosa
The three-year-old was an eyecatching seven-length winner on her debut at Newmarket in April, and followed that victory up with another win when taking the Listed King Charles II Stakes at the same track last weekend.
Bookmakers assessed her as a 12-1 shot for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot after her most recent triumph, but Chapple-Hyam is looking instead to the seven-furlong Jersey Stakes.
“With Bellosa we’re going to give the Jersey Stakes a go,” she said.
“She’s come out of Newmarket really well and we’re really pleased with her.
“The Coronation Stakes is a mile, which I don’t believe she’ll get, so we’re going to go for the Jersey which is seven furlongs, the same distance as her wins on the straight on the Rowley Mile.”
The daughter of Awtaad drifted towards the inside rail on her latest run, something Chapple-Hyam attributed to inexperience as the filly has only two racecourse experiences under her belt.
“Richard (Kingscote) said she was having a good look around this time,” the trainer said.
“That’s perhaps why she went across the track, she was having a good look at the grandstand.
“It’s still only her second run and she’s still learning.”
Chapple-Hyam also provided an update on Aplomb, who fell heavily in the closing stages of a handicap sprint at Windsor on Monday evening.
Racecourse officials allowed the following race to go ahead, but then abandoned the meeting before the concluding contest after concerns over false ground near the finishing line.
Thankfully Chapple-Hyam’s gelding is none the worse for his tumble, with the trainer saying: “He’s trotted out sound and he ate up.
“He’s been turned out and he’s munching on grass rather than slipping up on it.”