Bel Esprit For Queensland   Leave a comment

Bel Esprit For Queensland

Bel Esprit, who has been a great source of siring winners since going to stud in 2003, is to have a change of venue, he is to stand at Eliza Park International in Queensland.

His name is immediately associated as the sire of Black Caviar, however, let’s not forget one swallow does not make a summer, he has sired 100 winners plus over each of five seasons.

There was no rush to buy Bel Esprit as a yearling, he didn’t create much impression being knocked down to Macedon Lodge for a paltry $9,000, he returned to his owner $2,730.600 in prizemoney.

Foaled in 1999, by Royal Academy from Bespoken, he inherited the speed factor of his maternal grand sire Vain, who has proved an invaluable source of speed.

Bel Esprit is a proven success siring 484 winners of 1509 races,earning stake money of $44,941,332, the second highest progeny earner ever in Victoria.

“This is a major coup for the Queensland breeding industry, “said Racing Queensland Chairman and prominent breeder, Kevin Dixon.

The move to Queensland for the 2015 breeding season is a huge vote of confidence for the QTIS program in the northern state; furthermore, he has been the most successful sire in the history of Super VOBIS.

He offers a good return on investment, his progeny run fast and run early, his yearlings selling up to $260,000 in 2015.

Eliza Park International’s sales and nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay, has pointed out the benefits of sending Bel Esprit north.

“Breeding in Australia is no longer a state issue with stallions moving about more, we are committed to our operations in both Queensland and Victoria and really see our business as having national appeal”

“For us Bel Esprit is an ideal fit for Queensland stallion ranks in 2015, by earnings and winners”.

“What’s more he allows local broodmare owners to access the thriving OTIS scheme and Victorians won’t miss out either “

“Due to the flexible structure of Super Vobis Bel Esprit’s progeny from 2015 conceptions can still qualify under Breedback, or through Category C, we see it as a win situation “ said Mark Lindsay.

Bel Esprit will stand at a fee of $18,700 in 2015.

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Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Call for change as Bel heads north   Leave a comment

Call for change as Bel heads north

Bel Esprit

Bel Esprit

A quirk in VOBIS eligibility rules is the reason behind champion stallion Bel Esprit – Black Caviar’ssire – moving to Queensland for the 2015 breeding season, and Eliza Park’s Mark Lindsay and leading trainer Mick Kent have called on Racing Victoria to tighten VOBIS regulations.

Bel Esprit has been a powerhouse of the Victorian breeding industry, having sired 20 stakes winners, including the unbeaten superstar Black Caviar with his third crop.

Eliza Park is sending the seven-time Victorian champion sire to their Queensland base primarily to take advantage of the bolstered Queensland Thoroughbred Investment Scheme (QTIS).

Lindsay, the company’s sales and nominations manager, believes Bel Esprit will serve more mares and help bolster its position in the market up north, but the move has also brought into the spotlight a VOBIS rule that allows Victorian breeders to send mares to any other interstate stallion every year and still be eligible for the bonus system.

Lindsay thinks ‘eligibility category C’ – the one that allows a foal to be conceived outside of Victoria every year – should be removed in order to support the local industry. No other state has this option.

“For some reason our incentive scheme has this thing called category C and it means you can breed anywhere interstate – which is not what Queensland or NSW do – every year and still be VOBIS,” Lindsay said. “The scheme promotes interstate breeding.

“Technically, any Victorian breeder can breed to Bel Esprit every year in Queensland and be VOBIS.

“It means a lot of the servicing income goes interstate and doesn’t help the local industry grow.”

Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

St Leger loses its aura as a pointer to Melbourne Cup triumph   Leave a comment

St Leger loses its aura as a pointer to Melbourne Cup triumph

It is a race that predates the Melbourne Cup and is run at the same famous racecourse.

Sadly, the VRC St Leger (2800m), hosted at Flemington since 1857, is the Cup’s poor relation.

Once a window to the future, shedding light on horses that would transition to the winner’s stall on the first Tuesday in November, it is a glorified benchmark 70-rating event for three-year-olds that wouldn’t be out of place on a Tuesday race card up the bush.

The Victoria Racing Club has thrown another $50,000 at the race, bumping the overall purse to $200,000. Once a Group III race, it was downgraded to Listed status in 2006

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Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Cobalt findings clearly show just how important this case is   Leave a comment

Cobalt findings clearly show just how important this case is

Date
April 24, 2015 – 8:21PM
Out: Trainer Darren Smith has been disqualified for 15 years.Out: Trainer Darren Smith has been disqualified for 15 years. Photo: Ryan Osland

Racing Victoria come in for some harsh criticism of its handling of the current cobalt investigations. . The criticism has been that its integrity department did not have a full understanding of cobalt, that the trainers were not warned about it and now those trainers are having their reputations impugned and businesses damaged.

The same journalists are now calling for a speedy resolution, a fine or reprimand or perhaps even an apology from RV. Those peddling such misinformation didn’t need to wait long to get an indication of why these enquires should not be rushed and the trainers need to be afforded a properinvestigation.

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Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Trainer Bjorn Baker hoping baby boom tonic to finish two-year-old term well   Leave a comment

Trainer Bjorn Baker hoping baby boom tonic to finish two-year-old term well

Date
April 24, 2015 – 3:32PM
Back into the action: Bjorn Baker will split his attention between  several tracks on Saturday.Back into the action: Bjorn Baker will split his attention between several tracks on Saturday. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Bjorn Baker is the first to admit this season has probably been his quietest in terms of babies, but he will have his hands full in the next few months with a welcome addition to his family.

Baker’s wife Andrea gave birth to the couple’s second child earlier this week, their first daughter Elisabet, and the Warwick Farm trainer is hoping it can be a tonic for his two-year-olds on the track to finish the term well.

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Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Bill The Bastard and the horses of war   Leave a comment

Bill The Bastard and the horses of war

Date
April 24, 2015 – 4:32PM
War horses: Members of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade in Cairo.War horses: Members of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade in Cairo. Photo: Phillip Schuler

A better stayer than Phar Lap, and if you want to quibble even superior to Peter Pan, considered the more powerful two miler.

And as far as carrying weight was concerned, he made Bernborough look like a pussycat.

Ground conditions didn’t faze him, slow, heavy and even sand, uphill or down, pot holes and craters under artillery fire didn’t take away from his desire to reach the finish.

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Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Victory Stakes 2015: Winter winner Srikandi warms to trip again as Ciaron Maher chases northern riches   Leave a comment

Victory Stakes 2015: Winter winner Srikandi warms to trip again as Ciaron Maher chases northern riches

Srikandi and Glen Boss combine for another win during the sprinter’s highly successful ve

Srikandi and Glen Boss combine for another win during the sprinter’s highly successful venture north last year. Picture: Mark Calleja Source: News Corp Australia

LAST year’s Gold Coast meeting set in motion a stellar 12 months for Ciaron Maher.

The popular trainer plans to repeat the success on Saturday, starting with another full-on winter tilt with Srikandi.

After winning a benchmark 70 in Melbourne last year, Srikandi headed for the Coast and won the Silk Stocking and another two stakes races before claiming third in the Stradbroke as the $6 favourite.

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Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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