Riyo Stud’s top class broodmare Bella Cantata was once again in the news recently when she was represented by a winner in Britain.
Her remarkably tough and durable son Bronze Beau (by Compton Place) picked up his 11th career victory when landing a five furlong handicap at Hamilton racecourse last week.
Trained by Kristin Stubbs, the game ten-year-old has won or placed in 41 races, with Bronze Beau one of three winners for the blue blooded Bella Cantata.
The latter came very close to being represented by a Grade One winner earlier this year when daughter Bella Sonata was narrowly beaten into second in the G1 Princess Charlene Of Monaco Empress Club Stakes. A subsequent winner next time out, Bella Sonata (by Silvano) has won four times, and earned more than R620 000, with her placed efforts also including a runner up finish in the G3 Acacia Handicap.
Bella Cantata is also dam of the classic winning Caspar Netscher (by Dutch Art), winner of the G2 Mill Reef Stakes at two and the classic G2 Mehl-Mulhens Rennen (German 2000 Guineas at three). Caspar Netscher, who suffered fertility issues when sent to stud, earned nearly £500 000 in prize money, with his other victories including the G2 Nearctic Stakes and the G3 AON Greenham Stakes.
A daughter of champion racehorse Singspiel (whose daughters have already produced nearly 50 stakes winners), the unraced Bella Cantata was produced by G2 (now G1) Prix de’L Opera winner Bella Colora.
She is in foal to Galileo’s well performed son Global View and has a weanling filly foal by former July winner and champion Bold Silvano.