Quality chaser Mepunga Bella (race 10, box two) has returned from a large chuck of time on the sidelines in fine fettle and looks one of the hardest to beat on Saturday’s program at The Meadows.
The daughter of Bella Infrared and 2014 Group 1 Maturity winner Mepunga Hayley (pictured) returned to racing on June 13 after a four and half month layoff, running third to speedy customer Flossing at Warrnambool. In her next start, she defeated classy sprinter Percy’s Empire in 25.66 at Geelong, before returning to The Meadows last week. After being squeezed for room early and trapped wide, the black chaser found the fence and raced home nicely behind Group 2 McKenna Memorial finalist Sweet As Emm, who stopped the clock at an outstanding 29.71.
This Saturday, the Jeff Britton-trained chaser has drawn nicely in box two and looks hard to hold out in the AJS Corporation Grade 5 over 525 metres.
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Mepunga Bella (box seven) was an eye-catching second last week and looks a big chance on Saturday night.