Lightly raced four year old Mr Bellagio defied the racing pattern on the day at Doomben when being able to come from back in the field early to score a narrow win in a close photo finish.

After suffering from heat stress at his previous start at Beaudesert (01/03/18) it was fantastic to see Mr Bellagio return to the form he was in prior to going to Beaudesert.

His two attempts at the 1350m at Doomben have now both resulted in wins.

On a track which again was favouring leaders saw Patronizing, Mishani Sleuth and Il Riccio go forward ensuring good pace early.  This allowed the field to string out and at the 800 metre point Ronnie Stewart had Mr Bellagio in sixth position one off the fence about seven lengths from the lead.

Shortly after, Stewart made his move as others had done earlier in the day making up ground easily on the leaders.  Mr Bellagio levelled up with the leaders Patronizing and Il Riccio on straightening for the run to the post with Il Ricco dropping off soon after.   Mr Bellagio and Patronizing looked as though they would fight out the finish until the Toowoomba trained Bred For Luck dived through late to be in the photo with Mr Bellagio with Old Habits third after motoring home late down the outside to claim third after making a mess of the start with Patronizing in fourth position.

After a short wait the judge announced Mr Bellagio as the winner.

Congratulations to owners Brett and Lauren Galea on the metropolitan win by Mr Bellagio who collected $24,400 for winning the Benchmark 75 handicap.

This lightly raced son of O’Lonhro is proving to be a very honest and consistent race horse.  Finishing in the first three placings in eight of his eleven race track appearances. winning three and never finishing further than three lengths from the winner when he has been beaten.

On this occasion Mr Bellagio was strapped by Kane Anderton.



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