Belora is one of the most honest horses in training and that consistency was rewarded in the Perth Ice Works Hcp (1400m) at Belmont on Saturday.
The Mungrup Stud bred sprinter improved his record to 8 wins in 23 starts under premier jockey William Pike. The gelding peeled off heels on the home turn to score by over a length from front-runner Gum Nut Guru.
“He’s been caught between grades and has been hampered by big weights,” trainer Dan Morton explained. “He appreciated the inside draw today and was given a gun run behind the leaders.”
Belora (5g Oratorio – Amica Bella by Dr Johnson) was sold for $30,000 as part of the Mungrup Stud draft at the 2009 Perth Magic Millions. He is raced by a syndicate that includes Mungrup owner Gray Williamson, Premium Bloodstock’s Grant Burns and Sophie Madrigali who raced his dam Amica Bella.
Oratorio (Aus) has a new-season two year-old sister to Belora with leading trainer Lindsey Smith. Mungrup sold the filly for $70,000 at the Perth Magic Millions earlier this year.
Oratorio (Stravinsky) was Champion WA 2YO sire twice in his first three crops and he was runner-up in the WA general sires’ premiership in 2011-12. He stands at Mungrup Stud for a $22,000 (inc gst) service fee.
Belora’s connections are planning to nominate him for the LR Hannans Handicap in Kalgoorlie on September 19. Morton won the Hannans as an apprentice on Pirate’s Reign in 1987. The Beau Sovereign gelding was raced by his parents Len and Annette Morton.
Oratorio sprinter pictured winning his first city race at Belmont last year