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 Jason Warren’s Bel Esprit flyer, Bel Sprinter (above), made it four from five in taking out the Listed WJ Adams at Caulfield on Saturday – his only defeat coming in the Group Three Bobbie Lewis last September when a (very) unlucky second to Group One winner Lone Rock.
In this, his first run from a spell, Bel Esprit (ex. Gavroche by Snippets), proved he will be force to be reckoned with this campaign: a campaign that make take him as far as Dubai.
Breednet’s Mark Smith filed this report:
Four-year old gelding Bel Sprinter lost his unbeaten tag when second to Lone Rock in the Bobbie Lewis Stakes (G3) at Flemington last September but that proved a minor blip on his career which is on the rise again following victory in Saturday’s United Arab Emirates W J Adams Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield.
The Jason Warren trained sprinter’s dramatic rise up the ladder of Australia’s best sprinters will be taken up a couple of notches with the intention of starting the son of Bel Esprit in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on February 25th and Warren has also not ruled out an overseas campaign.
“I think we would have to seriously think about that,” Warren said. “I’d love to go to Dubai.
“Options are everywhere, I think he gets into the Oakleigh Plate with no weight and that has been our plan all the way through.”
“Now that we have got a run under our belt, it will be a better way to take on the smart horse Sepoy,” he said. “We’ll still have a crack at the Oakleigh Plate.
“I think we are better placed now we have had that run.
“I spoke to the handicappers today and we get in with 53.5(kg) because today is only a Listed race and our plan was to give him three weeks between runs so we are right in it.”
With his victory over Kulgrinda (Exceed And Excel) and Faster Son (Fastnet Rock), Bel Sprintern takes his overall record to 5 wins from 6 starts for earnings of over $300,000.
A homebred for part-owner Glen Bailey, Bel Sprinter is the first foal of the Snippets mare Gavroche who was sold at the 2009 Inglis August Mixed Sale for $11,000 when carrying a filly by Shinzig.
Gavroche has a yearling full-brother to Bel Sprinter and was bred back to Hussonet (USA) last year.
A half-sister to the stakes-placed Azelna, Gavroche is out of the imported Miswaki mare La Miserable who is a half-sister to the smart import Always Aloof who defeated another import Istidaad in the 1997 Underwood Stakes (G1).
With the undefeated champion Black Caviar flying the flag, Bel Esprit is enjoying another successful season.
The son of Royal Academy covered 125 mares at Eliza Park Stud last season for a fee of $27,500.
Footnote: Jason Warren purchased the full brother to Bel Sprinter for $140,000 at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions, which is starting to looking like a very cheap buy!


 Ray Thomas (left) is the long-time turf editor of Sydney’s Telegraph and we liked the intro to his Bel Sprinter ‘wrap’ following Friday night’s victory:
“It is unfair to company any racehorse to Black Caviar, but Bel Sprinter does share a few things in common with the Champion Mare.
Both are by the same sire, Bel Esprit, they have talent to burn – and they don’t mind winning!”
Champion trainer, David Hayes, wasn’t backward in coming forward about Bel Sprinter either, declaring PRIOR to Friday night’s race that: “I do have a bit of respect for the topweight (Bel Sprinter). I think he’s a bit of star. If the great mare (Black Caviar) wasn’t around, he’d be the No. 1 (sprinter) in Australia.”


 Bel Esprit continued his rise through the Australian sires ranks with a steady flow of winners throughout December and January and it looks as if he’s not going to spend February resting on his laurels.
In the first four days of the month, Bel Esprit has produced a winning quartet, kicking off on Wednesday with Vicki Rhind’s 3YO filly, Bel Price (ex. Kel Price by Keltrice), who produced a commanding win over 1100m at Launceston. The filly has had no luck in three previous outings, finishing fifth on debut before grabbing successive thirds at Launceston last August.
It was a nice win for long-time client Graeme Gathercole who bred and races the filly who is, in turn, out of a three time winning half sister to stakes placegetters High Academy and Fire Vain.
Bel Price has three strains of Vain (below) and is the fourth Bel Esprit winner out of Keltrice mares … from four to race!
Please note: Eliza Park will sell, on behalf of Windy Hill Thoroughbreds, a Bel Esprit colt from Keltrice mare Sheedy’s Sheila (Lot 218) at the upcoming Melbourne Premier.
Meanwhile, Bel Esprit notched up a double on Friday leading into Bel Sprinter’s stakes victory at Caulfield on Saturday.
First cab off the rank on Friday was the speedy, Winsum Lad (ex. Thunderstick by Umatilla) at Albury, followed up by Busy Doin’ Nothin’ (ex. Sunday Bliss by Bubble Gum Fellow) over 1350m at Ipswich.
Bred by Edgecombe Holdings at sold by Eliza Park, Winsum Lad has now won three of his outings and appeared to have plenty left in the tank on Friday, winning by two panels.
Winsum Lad is linebred to Nijinsky through a son and daughter and his dam is a half sister to three time stakes winner and AJC Flight Stakes-G1 runnerup Berberia.
Busy Doin’ Nothin’ was busy doin’ plenty at Ipswich, recording his second win (and six other placings) on the heavy surface.
Bred by Goodwood Park in Queensland and trained by Harold Norman, Busy Doin’ Nothin’ is a full brother to Moonee Valley winner Bon Marche.


OK, we might be showing our true colours, but Brian Russell’s homage to Victorian breeding is worthy of a rehash.
Accepting that Black Caviar, now unbeaten in her 17 outings following her success at Moonee Valley in the Australia Stakes, is qualified and is heading in due course for listing in the Hall of Fame, she is the third leg of a trifecta of giants of Australian racing who were bred in Victoria and offered at their yearling sales.
The earlier two legs were provided by the roaming Gloaming, a 1915 born foal produced on a cross of two imports, the Flying Fox sire The Welkin and the Eager mare Light, who challenges as the greatest ever bred Australian racehorse, and the Tommy Smith trained hero of the 1980s, Kingston Town. Both have niches in the Hall of Fame.
Bred by E.E.D. Clarke at his Melton stud at Melton, a short distance west of Melbourne, sold to New Zealand for 230 guineas ($483) at the Melbourne sales and raced in both countries, Gloaming was eulogised 70 years ago by the Keeper of The Stud Book W.J. McFadden in his book The Australasian Racehorse as undoubtedly one of the greatest racehorses up to a mile and a quarter ever foaled, ‘and his incomparable record has earned for him and undying place in the traditions of the sport,’ he wrote.
Shipped 15 times across the Tasman and raced from three to nine years, the gelded Gloaming finished only twice out of the first two in his 67 starts, the lapses being a third and when he fell at the start of his sixteenth and final appearance at three. It was a year in which he won 13 races, including the Chelmsford at Randwick on debut, the AJC and New Zealand Derbys, and twice defeated New Zealand wonder galloper Desert Gold.
All told Gloaming won a massive 57 races (nine in Australia) at high level, ranging from four furlongs – once in Australasian record time – to a mile and a half, and strung together a sequence of 19 wins (one in Australia). If it had not been for the fall and two seconds, he would have succeeded in 34 in succession.
As it is, his 19 successive wins is a shared standing Australasian record for first class racing.
Meanwhile, Kingston Town (by Bletchingly) was bred by Melbourne businessman David Hains using a mare he picked up in Italy.
Fortuitiously, Hains could not get $8,000 for the horse who was to become the superstar Kingston Town when he presented him at the Melbourne sales, so he raced him, kicking off a golden era of his involvement in breeding and racing.
Kingston Town’s best winning sequence was 11, but during his 41 start career, he won 30 races, placed in seven others and became the first in Australia to earn a million dollars. He won at Group 1 level on 14 occasions, including three Cox Plates, two each George Main Stakes and Caulfield Stakes and appearances in the AJC Derby, Queensland Derby and Sydney Cup. He was beaten a neck when second in the 1982 Melbourne Cup.
Black Caviar, the newest of the trifecta of superstars, is a 5YO daughter of Bel Esprit, a Royal Academy leading 2YO and a champion at three located at Eliza Park, Kerrie, Victoria, her pedigree includes a double of Victorian bred Vain, and her grandam is by Snippets.
Also, Black Caviar’s grandam Song of Norway, was another horse bred by David Hains.
Now with 17 wins on the board, all at 1200m or less and comprised by 14 outings in Melbourne, two in Brisbane, one in Sydney and seven Group 1s and earner of $4,459,050, Black Caviar is the first unbeaten winner at first grade of that many races in Australian history.
If she wins her next two starts, as confidently expected, she will knock another icon off his perch as the holder of the longest sequence of wins in Australian racing. Always a star but suffering defeats at two and three, Ajax (by Australian champion Heroic) was going for his 19th successive win when he got rolled at 40-1 on in a three horse race at Rosehill. Through his 46-start career, he won 36 races (about a dozen Group 1s) and was runner up on seven occasions.
Eliza Park has a massive 64 yearlings, including a selection by Bel Esprit and their young sire Magnus, a close relation by Flying Spur to Black Caviar, in the 790 lot catalogue for the 2012 Melbourne yearling sale February 27 to March 1.

Posted February 6, 2012 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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