Who will take over as Victoria’s leading sire? Won’t happen this year, Bel Esprit will win his eighth title   Leave a comment

Who will take over as Victoria’s leading sire?

Written tycoon

Woodside Stud’s Written Tycoon

Eliza Park’s shock decision to send champion Victorian stallion Bel Esprit north has opened the door for a bevy of stallions to take over his mantle as the state’s leading sire.

After seven years leading Victoria’s stallion ranks, the team at Eliza Park made the decision to transfer Bel Esprit to their Innisplain property in Queensland.

The stallion’s northern state holiday gives a number of emerging stallions the chance to take over his highly-sought after position as Victoria’s premier producer.

The most likely to inherit Bel Esprit’s title looks to be Darley’s leading Victorian sire Reset, and he may not wait until the end of the season to do so.

The lightly-raced son of Zabeel enjoyed a break-out season in 2014/15, with Group 1 victories from the likes of Fawkner and Set Square pushing his season earnings past the $4.4 million mark.

As it stands, Reset sits in 15th position on the Australian Leading Sires table, two positions ahead of Bel Esprit.

Leading Victorian stallion Reset

Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon has been snapping on Bel Esprit’s heels since making his breeding debut in 2010 and continues to do so this season, currently sitting on 19th position in the nation-wide tables.

The son of Iglesia was crowned Champion First Season Sire of Australia in 2010/11 and has quickly built a reputation as one of the state’s most affordable and exciting stallion options.

Showcased in 2014/15 by the likes of Rich Enuff and It Is Written, Written Tycoon’s progeny have amassed a total of  $3.98 million in prizemoney this season, just $200,000 short of the Brisbane-bound Bel Esprit.

Interestingly, none of the leading trio of stallions are the state’s leading VOBIS Prizemoney earners on percentage.

While he may not yet be one of the nation’s top prizemoney-earning stallions, Chatswood Stud’s Reward for Effort has found a knack of producing VOBIS-prizemoney earning progeny in his maiden year at stud.

The son of Exceed and Excel has gathered 24.27% of his season’s prizemoney from the Victorian owners and breeders incentive scheme, a touch more than fellow Victorian stallion Von Costa de Hero, who secured 24.37% of his season earnings with VOBIS.

Nominations for VOBIS Gold for 2014-born foals are now open. Click here to learn more about the VOBIS Gold scheme.


Posted May 9, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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