Starlight Bella wins


Starlight Bella with Andrew Haines and Paul Stuart.
Starlight Bella with Andrew Haines and Paul Stuart.

The consistent Paul Stuart-trained fawn chaser began well and quickly established the foundation for her victory when she captured the early lead.

Once in front, Starlight Bella was ruthless and she put the issue beyond doubt with a commanding performance, to cross the line more than six lengths ahead of the runner-up Ramifications in 22.52.

Although better suited over a longer trip, Starlight Bella showed her versatility by successfully adapting to the short-courser’s journey.

“The 400s not really her go but she’s a pretty strong dog and once she got clear, she was able to run away with it,” Stuart said.

It was Starlight Bella’s first win in a trophy race and she has now saluted in six of 12 career starts, with the promise of bigger things to come.

Now that she is clear of the minor injuries and setbacks that have plagued her early career, Starlight Bella looks set to cash in on her potential.

Stuart cannot wait to test the greyhound on the new city racetrack in Cannington when it opens next month.

“She’s always showed ability but she’s had a few injuries and gone on season and things like that,” the Nambeelup-based trainer explained.

“I’m looking forward to getting her on the new Cannington track and hopefully she can show her best there.”