Winning Return for Ciao Bella

Exciting filly Ciao Bella (3f Giant’s Causeway x Bella Bellucci, by French Deputy) earned ‘TDN Rising Star’ status when she won easily on debut in December last year and was back in action at Monmouth on Sunday. Having her first start since that commanding victory at Gulfstream on December 18, the Todd Pletcher trained filly showed she had lost none of her ability when surging away from the field to win the 1 mile and 70yd event by a widening five lengths. Raced by Michael Tabor, the big grey filly is bred to be good as a half-brother to Grade II placed Grapelli from Grade II winner Bella Bellucci, a sister to Japanese Grade I winner Kurofone.