Tasmanian galloper Bello Beau the well-backed favourite in Showdown betting

The addition of blinkers can make the difference for Tasmanian galloper and The Showdown favourite Bello Beau on Saturday.

Keeping his head straight could bring a huge payday for Tasmanian galloper Bello Beau in the $1m Showdown at Caulfield.

Bello Beau arrived in Melbourne with an unbeaten record in his home state but went a long way to losing that status at the start of last month’s Listed St Albans Stakes at The Valley.

Bad luck prevented Bello Beau from winning the race as he was held up behind runners before finishing less than two lengths from the winner Crosswinds.

“He took a look at the vehicle on the inside of the track and had a big veer out,” jockey Brendon McCoull said.

“We really thought he would lead and that mucked that up and being at The Valley, it all went pear-shaped from there.

“He certainly ran well as everyone could see.

“That was his hardest test last start and it was just a shame to see in the finish how he would have gone but I felt like I had a good bit of horse left underneath me.”

Bello Beau has had a month to regroup at home in Tasmania.

His trainer Adam Trinder has decided to prevent a repeat performance at the start of the Showdown by adding blinkers to the youngster’s gear.

“As nice a horse as he is to ride, he’s quite a reactive horse,” McCoull said.

“I mentioned that to Adam and he put them on in trackwork and he was happy with the horse’s demeanour in them.

“It’s a bold move that Adam is happy to make because he’s happy with what the horse has shown him in trackwork with the blinkers.

“I think Adam is just trying to make life easier for the horse and I have no doubt it will help him on Saturday.”

Bello Beau drew barrier three for his unlucky outing at The Valley but will start from barrier eight at Caulfield.

McCoull said drawing wider would be a help for the son of Brazen Beau’s chances.

“I’m pretty happy with the draw,” McCoull said.

“Hopefully from a wider gate at Caulfield, a bit fairer track, I think he’s got a few things in his favour.

“I didn’t want to draw off the track but at the same time, I didn’t want to draw barrier one or two and have the chance to be locked away behind something.

“It gives me a few options.”

Bello Beau has firmed from $2.80 to $2.50 in early betting on The Showdown.

McCoull said the million-dollar race looked suitable assignment for the gelding.

“Adam has placed him very well in this race,” McCoull said.

Originally published as Tasmanian galloper Bello Beau the well-backed favourite in Showdown betting

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