Caloundra's top trainer hopes filly can fly in Coast Guineas
RACING: Corbould Park's leading trainer Stuart Kendrick hopes to see the best of Italia Bella as she returns to the mile on her home track in the Sunshine Coast Guineas on Saturday.
The promising three-year-old filly is expected to produce a bold showing in the $125,000 Group 3 race, after failing to fire in her last start.
She finished seventh in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1200m) on a heavy surface at Caloundra earlier this month.
But Kendrick believes she's primed for a better outing.
"I'm keen to get her up to the 1600m," he said.
"Probably, the 1200m was just a little bit short for her and I think she'll improve off it.
"Last time she ran over 1600m at the Sunny Coast she won by a big space against the older horses so hopefully she can do the same this week."
Indeed, Italia Bella crushed the field by almost six lengths in a Benchmark 75 race in March.
That effort followed an impressive three-length win in a maiden race over the same distance at the same track, in February.
So there is some optimism she will relish the trip and venue again.
"None of these (black type) races are easy but she's a nice filly and hopefully we can see the best of her on the weekend," Kendrick said.
There is a chance she'll compete on a wet surface.
Her previous wins there were on a good circuit, although she did run well on a soft 6 in a trial there recently.
"Hopefully, we get a few dry days and the track starts to dry back out again but it's been a bit of a frustrating run with wet tracks at the moment. But it is what it is," Kendrick said.
"She can still probably get through it (a wet surface) but she's probably better on top of the ground."
Kendrick will have a handful of runners on Caloundra Cup Day, including Tarzan in a 1000m open handicap.
The five-year-old won the $100,000 Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) at Corbould Park in February before finishing ninth of 11 on a heavy track at Doomben in the Listed Hinkler (1200m).