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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.