TALENTED filly Italia Bella has put the frustrations of an abbreviated winter carnival behind her.
The well-bred three-year-old returned to the top her game on a dry track, winning a metropolitan Class 3 (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday, July 21.
Ridden by Matthew McGillivray, Italia Bella ($3.20) raced handy before racing away to a comfortable one-and-three-quarter length win, despite the distance being short of her best.
The Fastnet Rock filly, out of Pear Tart, had been eyeing a Queensland Oaks campaign over the winter, having won two 1600m races in February and March.
But a setback dashed those plans and she ended up having only two runs over the winter carnival, both on heavy tracks, and failed to fire.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick said despite her breeding, Italia Bella just didn't handle the wet.
"Her mum Pear Tart was a terrific wet tracker, so we thought this girl would get through it also, but she just seems to spin her wheels in the wet,'' he said.
Those two recent carnival runs were in listed races, so Italia Bella relished the drop back in grade at Doomben.
Kendrick said connections would now weigh up where to head with the rising four-year-old.
"A trip to Melbourne could be an option,'' Kendrick said.
"Not in the top grade, but there are plenty of suitable mares races for her and I definitely think she'll continue to improve over more ground."
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