Lindsay Park filly Bella Nipotina will tackle the older sprinters in the Moir Stakes at The Valley

A slight setback has led to Friday night’s Group 1 Moir Stakes becoming a perfectly timed assignment for Lindsay Park speedster Bella Nipotina.

The three-year-old filly will tackle the older sprinters in the $1 million contest at The Valley. Bella Nipotina will be one of two ‘Bellas’ in the Moir Stakes along with South Australian Group 1 winner Bella Vella.

She Will Reign won the 2017 Moir Stakes as a three-year-old filly while Virage De Fortune achieved the feat when the race carried Group 2 status in 2005.

Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said the Moir Stakes became an option after Bella Nipotina had a minor problem after her first-up win in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 15.

“She won really well first-up and the plan was to run her again but she got a little cut on the back of her pastern,” Dabernig, who trains Bella Nipotina in partnership with Ben Hayes, said.

“It just meant we had to hold her back a week or two.”

Dabernig and Hayes had the option of running Bella Nipotina against three-year-old fillies in the Group 3 Scarborough Stakes (1200m) at The Valley. But the pair decided to tackle the harder race.

Jockey Dean Yendall will ride Bella Nipotina at 50kg in Friday night’s Group 1 Moir Stakes at The Valley. Photo: AAP/George Salpigtidis.Source:AAP

Winning the Group 1 Moir Stakes would send Bella Nipotina’s breeding value through the roof but winning the Scarborough Stakes would make little difference.

“I thought with the timing of the Group 3 three-year-old fillies’ race, she’s already a Group winner so running in the Moir with the light weight would be the way to go,” Dabernig said.

“If she runs well, it will set her up nicely for a race like the Blue Sapphire at Caulfield.

“She’ll be a longshot it in but we’ll have a crack and see how she goes.”

Dean Yendall will ride Bella Nipotina at 50kg in the Moir Stakes.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast up to 15mm of rain for Melbourne on Friday.

Dabernig said Bella Nipotina would have no trouble with the track if it came up wet after running second in heavy ground in the $2 million Inglis Millennium in Sydney in February.

Bella Nipotina is a $13 chance in early betting on the Moir Stakes.

Originally published asBella out to Nip older rivals in Moir

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