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Belle Couture Entered For Flemington
Black Caviar's half-sister Belle Couture (Redoute's Choice-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) is set to have her third race start in the Spotless Plate (1200m) for 3YO fillies at Flemington on Saturday, reports horseracing.com.au. Belle Couture, a $2.6 million Inglis Easter Yearling graduate who is also a half-sister to Vinery's multiple Gr1-winning stallion All Too Hard, showed she had derived plenty of improvement from her narrow debut loss at Bendigo in December when resuming with a stylish win at Caulfield last month. On that occasion, the daughter of Redoute's Choice was allowed to settle at the rear of the field by champion jockey Damien Oliver before swinging wide on the turn and letting down with a brilliant turn of foot to score decisively by 2.25-lengths. Following that victory, trainer Danny O'Brien said he was confident that Belle Couture could make the necessary improvement over winter to be competitive at stakes level during the spring. "It's a good time to learn her craft; the really good, tough three-year-olds have had their autumn and hopefully we can put a couple of races together," O'Brien said. "Every time we run her we are going to find out about her. She has to get a bit of confidence and get her rating up. There are plenty of races at Flemington in May and June to give ourselves a platform for hopefully some black type." He added, "She is very valuable, but if she could get a bit of her own black type she would have it all in front of her at stud."