Bayella better than ever at Belmont

Rising six year-old mare Bayella is racing better than ever for south-west trainer Gary Hitchcock.

The first-crop daughter of Danehill Express resumed from 12 months on the sidelines in May and, from 6 starts, has won 3 times and been placed in the remainder.  She logged her latest victory in the Wilson Tuckey 80th Birthday Hcp (1400m) at Belmont on Saturday.

“She’s doing a super job,” jockey Jason Whiting said.  “She switched off outside the leader and then stretched her neck out at the finish.”

Bayella (5m Danehill Express – Lady Ruby by Rubiton) carried 59.5kg on Saturday and had lumped 60kg in prior wins at Albany and Pinjarra.  “She’s racing with plenty of confidence,” Whiting added.  “And there’s no reason why she can’t keep winning.”

Hitchcock originally trained Bayella in partnership with Bruce Watkins before taking sole control earlier this year.  She was bred by Fairfields Stud and is a half-sister to Flemington winner Maxerelle (Strategic).

Danehill Express will finish third on the WA sires’ premiership this season behind Blackfriars and Oratorio (Aus) with just four crops racing.  He stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Mungrup Stud.