Tycoon Bella could be the one
Cranbourne horse trainer Cindy Alderson had plenty to talk about after the victory of her three year-old filly, Tycoon Bella in the prized VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) on Ballarat Cup day.
Tycoon Bella is the third generation of the family bred by Cindy’s mother, Lynne, and raced by her and a group of loyal owners.
Lynne bred Tycoon Bella’s grand dam, Zabeel mare Tio Belle, which was trained by her husband Colin and became a dual city winner that won five races.
Tycoon Bella’s dam, Tio Rossa, was by Testa Rossa, and also scored five wins and $329,000 in prize money when Colin and Cindy trained in partnership. Colin has since retired from the training ranks.
As well as $96,250 for winning at Ballarat, the filly also picked up a Super VOBIS nominators bonus of $700 and a $23,000 owners bonus in the race which was restricted to VOBIS Gold horses.
It was just the second race for the daughter of Written Tycoon who had come off a Mornington maiden victory just 20 days earlier.
Cindy admitted they had sold Tycoon Bella’s mother, explaining that it’s impossible to keep every horse.
But she is hoping that the filly, who has won half as much in two starts as her mother did in 25, can be the one to reach the top level which would a big reward for the owners who have raced the filly, her dam and grand dam.
“Kevin Hart and Brian Mann were all involved in Tio Belle and they have stayed solid which is a fair effort to be involved in breeding and racing for that long,” Cindy said.
VOBIS has always been targeted by Lynne Alderson who has raced and bred many horses, including stakes winners, which have been mainly sired by Victorian stallions.
“Mum targets the VOBIS with the breeding and obviously with the farm we have down at Bayles it makes it possible for the smaller breeders, which we are, to remain viable,” Cindy said.
“She would have about 10 mares now and she pretty much exclusively goes to Victorian stallions. She has made a bit of a concerted effort to slow down a bit as she was getting up there in the numbers and they (parents) are not getting any younger.”
The stallion Lynne sent mares to this year included Tosen Stardom, National Defense, Toronado, Squamosa and Reward for Effort which she has shares in.
She likes the I Am Invincible line and also sent a mare to his son, Overshare, who stands at Spendthrift Farm at Romsey.
And Cindy said the reason for sending Tycoon Bella’s dam to Written Tycoon was an attempt to put some more speed into the progeny and admits her mother has spent a lot of time studying breeding and the theories behind successful matings.
“She did a lot of it before it became fashion,” Cindy said.
“And she has been very successful at it with Manageress and horses like that.”
“For a person who doesn’t spend a lot and send a lot out, she bred Tio Rossa, The Tiger, Manageress and Miss Vixen. And obviously Walk On Air and Brom Brom who was sold (to Hong Kong).”
“Miss Gidget was hers, and Mihalic was hers.”
Lynne also bred stayer O’Lonera, trained by Cindy, that was crowned Super VOBIS horse of the year after winning $97,300 in bonuses.
And while Cindy said her mother had had some top winners, she hasn’t cracked it for the big one yet.
“The VOBIS system along the way has helped her, because they haven’t been Group 1 horses, but it has allowed her to maintain the breeding,” she said.
“The beauty of VOBIS is you can get money from Victoria even if you aren’t top drawer. It has certainly helped her retain the ability to keep maintaining and hopefully that inevitable one comes along that goes right to the top.”
Cindy even suggested that perhaps Tycoon Bella could be the one. She said Luke Currie, who she says is never “flamboyant’’ with his praise, was quick to say that she had the ability to keep improving.
“There is a great group of owners in this horse,” Cindy said after the filly’s three length win.”
“They raced the grandmother, believe it or not, so third generation and they have been phenomenal supporters of the stable and my mother obviously is rapt about it.”
“We have been great supporters of VOBIS and it’s been good for us.”
The Alderson’s have never been afraid to sell their horses. Rossa’s Reward, by Reward For Effort and out of Tio Rossa, was another home bred for Lynne and her co-owners and was exported to Hong Kong in May.
The next assignment for Tycoon Bella is a Super VOBIS race over 1400m at Flemington on December 14.