Perth filly Rantorini can round off a successful season for her connections in the LR Belmont Classic on July 21.
The daughter of Balestrini won the LR Raconteur Stakes (1500m) at Ascot in March and added more black-type in the LR Belmont Oaks (2000m) last Saturday. “She had to do it the hard way three-deep but I knew she would stick it out,” trainer Phil Humann said. “I didn’t mind her out there and out of trouble because she has been unlucky with interference at her last few starts.
“There won’t be any problems with her running 2200m right out in the Belmont Classic and then she can go for a spell.”
Rantorini (3f Balestrini – Supranto by Laranto) was catalogued for the 2010 Perth Autumn Magic Millions but was withdrawn by Navajo Plains before the sale. She is the final foal of a mare who was a Listed winner of the 2001 Lindsay Rosenthal Stakes at Belmont.
Balestrini (Danehill) was a seven-figure yearling at the 2001 Goffs Orby Sale and he completed a running double for Coolmore Stud in the 2003 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown. A year earlier, they had won the same Group 3 with High Chaparral.
He is one of three sons of Welsh Love (Ela-Mana-Mou) to see service in Western Australia. Second Empire (Fairy King) is now based in South Africa after being used at Heytesbury Stud while Ihtiram (Royal Academy) sired champion mare Miss Andretti from his days at Wayandah Stud before transferring to Oakland Park.
Another son Hemingway (Spectrum) stands at Bullarook Stud in Victoria.
Balestrini initially stood at Bellbridge Park but is now based at Korilya Stud for a $2,750 (inc gst) service fee.
Korilya Stud sire in action at Hollywood Park under Mike Smith