Mossman mare Plucky Belle became her sire’s second Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) winner when she split runners to defeat boom filly First Seal at Rosehill on Saturday.
Trained by Peter Moody, Plucky Belle threading her way through runners in the straight to prevail in a driving finish to give Linda Meech a Group 1 breakthrough, too. “I didn’t think we had won so this is a bit a surreal,” Meech said. “She went everywhere I wanted her to go, she took every gap.”
Plucky Belle’s Coolmore triumph sees her earnings sky rocket to $745,983 as well as make her one of the most prized broodmares in the land. Owned by the Esplin family, she is out of G2 Queensland Guineas winner Winning Belle. The Zabeel mare was also runner-up to the legendary Makybe Diva in the VRC Australian Cup.
Plucky Belle’s previous wins include the G3 VRC Lavazza Short Black Plate at Flemington on Cup day as well as placings in a host of black-type races notably the G2 Millie Fox and the Birthday Card and Nivison, both Group 3 features.
She is Mossman’s fifth Group 1 winner alongside iron-horse Buffering, Golden Slipper winner Mossfun, NZ Oaks winner Miss Mossman and Ron Quinton’s 2012 Coolmore winner Ofcourseican.