Easter milestone for Bel Esprit   Leave a comment

Easter milestone for Bel Esprit

Bel Esprit broke through the 100 individual winners milestone over Easter and he capped the long weekend with a double at Sandown on Monday.

The Eliza Park International champion sired Belcrest Lady and Lord Esprit to win on the Lakeside circuit and they improved his current-season figures to 103 individual winners of 156 races.

Belcrest Lady was the second Easter winner by Bel Esprit for Geelong trainer Heath Connors – he also prepared Bel Rhythm to a narrow victory in the Jack Elliott Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Connors bought Bel Rhythm for just $13,000 at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale.  He was offered by Erinvale Thoroughbreds and Saturday’s victory improved his record to 7 wins and $162,915.

Winning jockey Noel Callow said Bel Rhythm deserved plenty of credit.  “I got flushed out early and he was a sitting duck in the straight.  I nursed him as long as I could and he stuck his head out right on the line.”

Bel Esprit ($3.89 million) trails Reset ($4.28 million) on the Victorian sires’ premiership and that’s well within reach with four months of the season remaining.  He also dodged a bullet at Randwick on Monday when Reset gelding Hauraki was beaten a half-length in the G1 Australian Derby.  The margin meant a difference of $900,000 in prizemoney.

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Posted April 8, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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