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Picture: Ciao Bella was an easy winner of the Western Cape Fillies Championship (Wayne Marks).


David Mollett (Business Day)

Rio Querari’s no show was the blip on a memorable meeting at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday for jockey Richard Fourie who rode five winners. He is probably riding as well as at any time in his career.
One of his quartet of winners was Ciao Bella, who stamped herself as a filly with a big future after an authoritative win in the grade 2 WC Fillies Championship. It was a shrewd move by Varsfontein Stud to retain this daughter of their sire, Gimmethegreenlight, with the dam, Bela Bela, being a daughter of Dynasty.
However, Ciao Bella’s victory was made easier by the well-fancied second favourite, Hold My Hand, ending up wide from a good draw and having nothing to come in the closing stages.
Hold My Hand is better than this performance looks on paper.
Ciao Bella’s win was one of four successes for Justin Snaith’s stable which was also on the mark with Holy Orders, Kingdom Of Heaven and Runaway Song.
The horse to note from this trio is Kingdom Of Heaven and owner Nic Jonsson has every reason to believe his R1m son of Dynasty is headed for the top. No surprise he had to go to seven figures to secure the colt from Drakenstein stud as this is the family of Met winner Oh Susanna.
Kabelo Matsunyane was hoping to round off the meeting on unbeaten three-year-old Champion Warrior, in the final race on the card but the 11-10 favourite failed to deliver the goods and finished three lengths behind another Snaith winner, Runaway Song.