Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - TOM BOSWELL GOLD COAST

IT took one of the most in­form horses in Queens­land to beat Felino Bel at her last start but trainer Bryan Guy be­lieves the mare won’t have the same trou­ble at the Gold Coast to­day.

Felino Bel was beaten by the David Vandyke-trained The Me­chanic at Doomben on Au­gust 15.

It was the sec­ond of three straight met­ro­pol­i­tan wins for The Me­chanic, who had ear­lier won at Ip­swich.

“She went good in her last start and the horse who beat her home has come out and won three in a row,” Gold Coast-based Guy said.

“She raced well but that other horse was just too good for her. That hap­pens and that’s all you can put it down to on the day.”

Felino Bel will come into to­day’s Class 5 Hand­i­cap (1300m) fol­low­ing a freshen up and Guy said it was a race that suited the mare.

“It’s a nice race for her and one she can win,” said Guy, who trains along­side son Daniel.

“We missed a cou­ple of races after the meet­ing was called off on the Gold Coast last week but this one will be good for her.”

Felino Bel was bred by Guy’s long-time clients and own­ers Bill and Lynn Bain.

The trainer has been pa­tient with the mare who has an im­pres­sive record of four wins and two sec­onds from 16 starts.

“She is still not a very big filly but she is nice,” Guy said.

“Even after this prepa­ra­tion she will prob­a­bly get a bit bet­ter. She has a bloody good record.”

Guy said he had no over­ar­ch­ing plans for Felino Bel this prepa­ra­tion, choos­ing to take each run as it comes.

“I’ll just have a look and she how she goes (to­day),” he said.

“If she wins we might give her an­other race but if we think it’s knocked her around a bit we will put her in the pad­dock.”


Hon­est mare Felino Bel in full flight.

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