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Princess Charlene Of Monaco enjoyed her first winner as an owner when CTS graduate Bella Rosa won Race 2 over 1450m at the Vaal on Tuesday, 3 March, with a barnstorming finish.

Bella Rosa, sporting Princess Charlene’s black-red -and-white silks with the Monaco Coat Of Arms, had five lengths to find with 200m to run and looked unlikely to get close, but she suddenly took off under Diego De Gouveia, swooped on the leader and won going away.

Bella Rosa, by Count Du Bois from a well-related mare by Black Minnaloushe, was a R200,000 purchase at the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Trainer Stuart Pettigrew, who signed for her at the 2018 auction, was understandably delighted with the feat. He commented: “It’s just fantastic to have Princess Charlene in the yard, I am privileged and honoured. She’s one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve met. Last year, at the time when Turffontein staged the Princess Charlene Maidens, she came to Randjesfontein with a helicopter and visited us at the stables.

“She had coffee with us at the stable yard and enjoyed being around her horses. We had photos taken. She has another filly with us called Path To The Stars, who has placed twice from three runs and can win a race soon.

“The Princess is involved for the loves of horses, to support South African racing and her various connected charities. This is the type of owner we need in SA racing, and when we have them, we need to look after them. The value of Princess Charlene’s patronage is priceless, and her involvement will bring others into racing.”

Princess Charlene’s name is attached to the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes and she sponsors the pair of Maiden Plates on the Princess Charlene Of Monaco Race Day with R250,000 apiece. Nomination fees for the rich Maidens were given to two school charities last year, each receiving around R50,000.