Closing the CF Orr Stakes Day meeting at Caulfield on Saturday was the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m), which was dominantly won by Tycoon Tara.
The Symon Wilde-trained four-year-old mare led the 10-horse field from start to finish, winning one and three-quarter lengths clear of runner-up Bonaria with Politeness a further neck away in third.
Tycoon Tara was quickly away from barrier eight and soon crossed to the lead. She travelled along nicely at a reasonable pace before sprinting quickly on the straightening. The mare was never threatened from that point on, going on to score well.
“It was a very good win,” Wilde said after the race.
“I was a little bit cautious and wanted to take her to Moonee Valley in a week’s time and the owners said no, have a go here and I’m glad they did.
“She’s come a long way from a Dunkeld BM64 this prep and onwards an upwards.”
Tycoon Tara had finished in the first two in all four of her campaign starts prior to the 2015 Bellmaine Stakes, however Saturday was the mare’s first test at black-type racing. Following her victory, Wilde will obviously be keen to test her against classier rivals during the autumn racing carnival, continuing on in black-type races.
Ben Melham capped off his winning day at Caulfield aboard Tycoon Tara. The hoop also scored wins with San Nicasio in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) and Dissident in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m).
“It’s be a terrific day and she’s a really underrated mare, this,” Melham said.
“I think she’s got really good ability and she’s come a long way in a short period of time.
“It was just a little bit awkward out of the barriers but then mustered up really quick underneath me.
“We got there and then I was able to control her around the turn and she held on to the finish.
“It helps when you’ve got the support of good stables behind you.”
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