Bella Tiara winning at Warrnambool (Image: Racing Photos)
A decisive maiden win at Warrnambool late last month from filly Bella Tiara already had trainer Matthew Williams buoyant about her future and he has become even more so in recent days.
Bella Tiara, who races against fellow emerging three-year-old fillies at Flemington on Saturday, powered to the line first-up in her maiden win on her home track in a race that ratings experts subsequently acknowledged as being above par.
It was an opinion that was confirmed with the runaway win at Caulfield on Wednesday of Wanalirri.
"The horse that ran third to her the other day, won at Caulfield during the week, so I don't think that was a bad little race at Warrnambool and she went in there a bit unders (under done), so she'll definitely take benefit out of that first-up run," Williams said on Friday.
"The form gurus say the race rated well so I hope they are right."
Williams purchased Bella Tiara from the Classic Yearling Sale for $90,000 and, four runs into her racing career, the signs are that it was a good investment for his owners.
"She was good type and a good walker and she had a bit on the mare's side that meant she had some residual value if she could measure up in town," he said. "There's enough in her pedigree page for her to have a breeding career after racing."
Bella Tiara is by 2011 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Sepoy out of Stakes winner Bella Corona, who has already produced a multiple stakes winner (Bewhatyouwannabe).
Williams said the filly was a latecomer of sorts but is starting to put it together now.
"The filly has always shown us a bit at home but she's just taken a little bit of time and shown she wants to get over a little bit of ground so on Saturday, 1400 metres (eight of nine after early scratchings) on a track like Flemington should be ideal as she can settle back from a wideish gate and get home," he said.
"She's trained on terrifically but it's just hard to line up the different formlines that she's going to meet. There are a lots of lightly raced horses so it could be a matter of who's got the best upside?
"If she runs well, she can follow a nice filly's path over summer and get to a mile somewhere.
"We think she'll make the grade and it would be good to see it now."