They say patience is a virtue, and patience certainly paid off for the ownership group of Belle Et Riche with the promising filly breaking her maiden at Bendigo on Sunday May 1. Belle Et Riche was desperately unlucky in her first two starts this campaign, yet Freedman had plenty of confidence in his filly, stepping up to 1400m.

A relieved Freedman said “She finally drew a gate to get a good run. In hindsight we shouldn’t have gone to Stawell from the gate, it was great to see her bounce off that tough run and get the maiden out of the way. I think she will reach metro grade… if not now, then certainly down the track.”

In-form jockey, Jordan Childs partnered the filly and added victory number seven when teaming up with the Freedman stable from only 21 rides, striking at 33% winners and 52% placings.

A daughter of Victorian Stallion Rich Enuff, Belle Et Riche is a great example of the fantastic prize money in Victoria, with her Vobis bonuses earning her $41,650 from her maiden victory. The win had extra gusto for Rod Groves and his ownership group, with the filly wearing his colours for the first time – perhaps this was the stroke of luck she needed!