Victoria’s Finest   Leave a comment

Victoria’s Finest

Tara Madgwick – Wednesday, 23 July 2014

When a stallion dominates his peers as this one has it’s not luck and it’s not one good horse that has put him at the top of the tree.

Bel Esprit

Bel Esprit

Bel Esprit is on track to be crowned Victoria’s leading sire for the seventh year in a row and this season he’s done it with no help from his superstar daughter Black Caviar.

When a sire throws a horse such as Black Caviar it tends to overshadow all else and in the case of Bel Esprit, there are quite literally hundreds of other winners following in her wake.

Last year Bel Esprit took out the national title for individual winners, equalling the all-time Australian record of 155 winners set by Commands.

That mark has been surpassed by Lonhro this year, but there is every likelihood Bel Esprit will also eclipse his previous personal best as he has 153 winners on the board and a week of the season to run.

A brilliant early maturing two year-old that won the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes before training on at three to win the Group I BRC Doomben 10,000, Bel Esprit was tough, sound and lightning fast, qualities that have been transmitted to his offspring in spades.

By world renowned shuttle sire Royal Academy (USA) from a daughter of Golden Slipper winner Vain, Bel Esprit is completely free of Danzig blood and has proven a great foil for a wide spectrum of mares.

Black Caviar

Black Caviar

Black Caviar aside, Bel Esprit is the sire of 450 plus winners worldwide with progeny earnings topping $40 million.

His 19 stakes-winners are headed by Group I stars Black Caviar, Bel Sprinter and Bel Mer backed up by a raft of speedy sprinter milers that have raked in vast amounts of lucrative VOBIS bonuses over the years for their delighted owners.

Bel Esprit has had a fee reduction this year at Eliza Park International and will stand at $24,200, but in reality there has probably never been a better time to go to him.

Black Caviar announced herself as a superstar in the spring of 2010 and from that point Bel Esprit covered some outstanding mares including her dam Helsinge, who visited him in 2011.

Black Caviar’s full sister, who turns two on August 1 may well lead the next wave of success for Bel Esprit, who has the quality and numbers that should see him reign as number one in Victoria for many years to come.

Bel Esprit may well become Victoria’s most successful stallion ever if he can knock off the record of former star sires Better Boy (IRE) (Range View Stud) and Helios (GB) (Warlaby Stud), who won nine titles each.

In the sale ring, Bel Esprit consistently offers a good return with five yearlings averaging $110,000 at Magic Millions on the Gold Coast this year, while at Inglis Premier they sold for up to $140,000.

While unproven sires may take the fancy for a season or two before ultimately proving disappointing, Bel Esprit continues to deliver and for the broodmare owner seeking a low risk option at an affordable fee he’s impossible to go past.

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Posted July 25, 2014 by belesprit09 in Bel Esprit breeding

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Golden Slipper winner Mossfun’s spring carnival guessing game   Leave a comment

Golden Slipper winner Mossfun’s spring carnival guessing game

Racing Writer
Melbourne

GOLDEN Slipper winner Mossfun is in Melbourne preparing for the spring carnival, but just weeks out from the first Group races of the new season there is no mission pencilled in for the filly.

Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said he had “absolutely no idea’’ what to target with the untapped rising three-year-old that came from the rear along the rails to defeat Earthquake in Australia’s premier juvenile race on April 5. Not that Mossfun lacks options. Far from it.

Wet tracks as against dry tracks; sprints or 1600m and beyond; taking on the colts and geldings or being reserved for races against her age and sex or tackling older horses at weight-for-age. There are numerous variables and an embarrassment of riches to sort through.

 

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Posted July 25, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Eliza entry ANOTHER TREBLE … BEL STYLE   Leave a comment

Eliza Park .

ANOTHER TREBLE … BEL STYLE

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Bel Esprit clearly likes to spread the wealth and picked up a tri-state haul on Thursday with victories to Gangnam Style (Bendigo), Nightingale Road (Northam) and Cleaver (Townsville).
I’m only guessing but what are the odds that a pub on the way home from Bendigo has the jukebox cranked right up, playing Gangnam Style to a happy mob of owners?
Gangnam Style was VERY impressive over the 1100m at Bendigo, going through them quicker than a dodgy Jjamppong, racing away to score by six lengths on the heavy surface.
Only unveiled for the first time in June – when a seriously unlucky second at Mornington – Gangnam Style really looked the goods over 1200m at Seymour on 5 July, winning with plenty of style despite … “jumping awkwardly”.
(Priceless – you reckon they didn’t enjoy using that term in the stewards’ report!).
So, three starts, two wins and a second. Nikki Burke looks to have a genuine up and comer in her yard.
Gangnam Style is out of Miduki – a multiple city winner and dam of Adelaide stakes winner Periduki (24 wins). Miduki meanwhile is by Snippets and the Bel Esprit/Snippets nick has now produced 13 to race for 11 winners, including Group One winner Bel Sprinter and another stakes winner in Vivacious Spirit.
Op, op, op, op …
Nightingale Road is no slouch either and has now won her last three in succession.
The mare tended to mix her form before heading for a spell in March, but hasn’t missed a beat since resuming on 26 June, with all three scores coming at Northam.
Trainer Duane Kitchingman has obviously found the key and it wouldn’t surprise to the lightly raced 4YO back in town some time soon. Out of the Twig Moss mare, The Wrythe – a granddaughter of Group One VRC Oaks winner My Tristram’s Belle – Nightingale Road is a half sister to multiple Sydney winner Aultone.
And the lucky last was the evergreen Cleaver, who notched up his fifth win with a cool performance at Townsville under the cool riding of Glen Boss – yep, that Boss.
Trained by Terry Butts, Cleaver is out of the Straight Strike mare, Mill Lady, a multiple winner on both sides of the Tasman and hailing from the family of Group One winner, Sky Filou.

Sorry, I was never going to be able to resist …http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQK6X5ZPDH4

PSY Gangnam Style (Official Video)

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Posted July 25, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

To become a legend you must beat a legend. Our Zac Purton has done it   Leave a comment

To become a legend you must beat a legend. Our Zac Purton has done it

At the top of his game, Australian jockey Zac Purton relaxes at Clovelly. Picture: Brett

At the top of his game, Australian jockey Zac Purton relaxes at Clovelly. Picture: Brett Costello Source: News Corp Australia

ZAC Purton is sipping a Corona in the front bar of the Clovelly Hotel.

He looks relaxed.

If ever a jockey deserved to enjoy an ice-cold brew, it’s Purton.

By now you’ve probably heard about Purton becoming the first Aussie in more than 20 years to win the Hong Kong jockeys’ championship.

 

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Posted July 25, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Lloyd Kennewell-trained Thaimandi earns her all-ages show in Melbourne   Leave a comment

Lloyd Kennewell-trained Thaimandi earns her all-ages show in Melbourne

Nearest to Pin, left, will be tough opposition for Thaimandi in Melbourne. Picture: Vince

Nearest to Pin, left, will be tough opposition for Thaimandi in Melbourne. Picture: Vince Caligiuri. Source: Getty Images

MORPHETTVILLE trainer Lloyd Kennewell will roll the dice with high-speed filly Thaimandi in Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes in Melbourne.

Kennewell had the option of keeping her at home in Adelaide for the Listed Lightning Stakes at Morphettville but said Thaimandi had earnt the opportunity of tackling the older horses after an impressive Caulfield win earlier this month.

“She’ll run in Melbourne,’’ Kennewell said on Friday from his bucks’ party in America.

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Posted July 25, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Frankel, my dear, I will give a dam: John Singleton punts on champion   Leave a comment

Frankel, my dear, I will give a dam: John Singleton punts on champion

Date

July 24, 2014 – 7:08PM

John Holloway

Off to England: 2008 Victoria Oaks winner Samantha Miss is set for a meeting with Frankel.

Off to England: 2008 Victoria Oaks winner Samantha Miss is set for a meeting with Frankel. Photo: Getty Images

John Singleton is again on the Frankel trail and has sent two of his better broodmares – Samantha Miss and Deedra – to Newmarket in England to be bred to southern hemisphere time by the unbeaten super horse.

A year ago, Singleton’s racing manager, Duncan Grimley, made arrangements for the flamboyant owner’s best racehorse, More Joyous, to be mated with Frankel, along with another class performer in More Strawberries.

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Posted July 25, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Corporate bookmakers complain new betting rules treat them unfairly   Leave a comment

Corporate bookmakers complain new betting rules treat them unfairly

Date

July 24, 2014 – 11:47PM

Max Presnell

Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Fair go: corporate bookmakers feel they are getting the raw end of the deal under new betting minimums imposed by Racing NSW, bringing them closer to the conditions under which on-course bookmakers operate.

Fair go: corporate bookmakers feel they are getting the raw end of the deal under new betting minimums imposed by Racing NSW, bringing them closer to the conditions under which on-course bookmakers operate. Photo: Rob Gunstone

Corporate bookmakers feel they are being exposed to a Harold Larwood, bodyline-style attack by the new betting minimums imposed justifiably by Racing NSW.

Changing the bowlers, gently underarming to TAB fixed-odds outlets by comparison, is a bleat that comes from the Australian Wagering Council, generally representing offshore interests.

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Posted July 25, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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