Bella Rosa tipped for stardom

17 February 2019 06:41:01 EST

Trainer Ciaron Maher believes Bella Rosa could be just as good as stablemate Loving Gaby in the Blue Diamond Stakes and may even cause an upset on Saturday.

Loving Gaby is the talk of Melbourne and the one to beat in the $1.5million feature for two-year-olds at Caulfield but Maher is just as impressed with Bella Rosa.

Gaby is the impressive, big strong horse that everyone is talking about but Bella Rosa has done absolutely nothing wrong.

Ciaron Maher

Loving Gaby beat Bella Rosa by half a length to give the stable a quinella in the Group 3 Chairman's Stakes at the same track and Maher was impressed.

"You know what, Bella Rosa's effort was probably as big or bigger run than Loving Gaby," Maher told reporters.

"The way Gaby opened up, she was quite soft and raw. The other horse carried two kilos more and sat on the speed and then when Gaby went past her she chased her again.

"Bella Rosa is more accustomed to race pressure. Gaby is the impressive, big strong horse that everyone is talking about but Bella Rosa has done absolutely nothing wrong."

Bella Rosa is 20/1 to win at the weekend with Loving Gaby 15/4.

Meanwhile, Maher said it was impossible to say what Loving Gaby's racing style was after only one start, but he is excited to find out.

"I don't know if you know her style, or if I know her style," he added. "On her debut she was a big horse over 1000m, she was slow into gear but is that just the whole race day experience for the first time?

"I don't think that necessarily means that is where she will be in future races."

Meanwhile The Autumn Sun is 999/1 to win the Australian Guineas early next month with Mystic Journey 3/1.

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