Life Is Beautiful For Leon’s Diva

Black type turns to gold for any filly, but if you’re lucky enough to race a three year old by the name of C’est Beau La Vie, life really is beautiful.

The Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas trained, C’est Beau La Vie, stepped into the big time at Morphettville on Saturday when she raced away with the Listed Laelia Stakes and, all going to plan, will now head to the Group Three Schweppervescecne on 23 April before a tilt at Group One success in the Australasian Oaks two weeks later.

What makes it even more exciting for Macdonald/Gluyas and C’est Beau La Vie’s team of owners is that the filly is closely related to one of the greatest mares seen on Australian turf in 3-time Melbourne Cup winner, Makybe Diva: but that’s far from all that’s happening around the ‘family’.

Macdonald purchased C’est Beau La Vie – a daughter of Bernardini out of Valkyrie Diva – from the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for just $180,000 and is still a little bemused he got her so cheaply.

“She’s a good sort of filly,” Macdonald pointed out. “The $150,000 mark usually pulls up most Adelaide trainers who then need to syndicate their yearlings, but I decided to go that little bit extra for her because she was such a nice type.

“What’s more, I’ve had quite a bit of success with the Bernardinis, winning a Champagne Stakes with Go Indy Go and had another very good one by him that went amiss.

“I managed to syndicate C’est Beau La Vie to a number of long-time stable clients but there’s also a couple of 5% shares in there as well. Yes, you could say they’re all very happy.”

If C’est Beau La Vie does manage to achieve Group One success it will certainly frank the form around this pedigree.

While Valkyrie Diva’s half sister, Makybe Diva, has been unable to produce a stakes horse at this stage, the former has definitely been holding up an end for breeder, Tony Santic.

A stakes winner in her own right by capturing the Group Three Tesio at Moonee Valley, Valkyrie Diva has now had four to the races for four winners, including Melbourne stakes winner Wales, his city winning full brother, Compass, and an up and coming sprinter in Hong Kong by the name of Jolly Banner. Trained by Ricky Yiu, Jolly Banner has only had three outings in Hong Kong, but has finished third at his two most recent starts.

C’est Beau La Vie’s year younger half sister (by Fastnet Rock) was purchased at the Inglis Melbourne Premier last year by Laurel Oak Bloodstock for $280,000 and, according to Louis Mihalyka: “it’s early days, but so far so good”.

Louis was also quick to note that another of Valkyrie Diva’s half sisters, Optimist, is also the dam of Believe that ran third in Saturday’s Group One Australian Oaks for Anthony Cummings – beaten less than a length.

That’s some family of Divas!

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