Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Belardo was in the headlines in the northern hemisphere once again through his progressive daughter Isabella Giles, who took out the Gr.2 Rockfel Stakes (1400m) at Newmarket on Friday.
The Clive Cox-trained filly provided Belardo, a Group One winning son of Lope De Vega, with his first Group success at Goodwood in August and showed plenty of courage to deny Nazuna by two lengths on the Rowley Mile.
Isabella Giles was winning for the fourth time in five starts and was given quotes of 14-1 for next year’s Gr.1 English 1,000 Guineas (1600m).
Based at Kildangan Stud in the Northern Hemisphere, Belardo, the European champion two-year-old, began shuttle duties at Haunui Farm in 2017 and is standing his fourth season at the Karaka farm in 2020.
Belardo stands for a fee of $10,000 + GST and has covered 314 mares over his first three seasons at stud in New Zealand.