2003 Bel Esprit wins Doomben 10,000   Leave a comment

Bel Esprit wins Doomben 10,000

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Saturday, 17 May 2003:

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Retirement plans for brilliant Victorian sprinter Bel Esprit were put firmly on the backburner after the colt’s stunning win in the Group One Doomben 10,000 (1350m) at Doomben.

Bel Esprit, who had not won in nine starts since taking out the Group Three McNeil Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 31, led most of the way to down the well-backed Private Steer by 1-1/4 lengths with Spinning Hill another length away third.

Bel Esprit’s trainer John Symons only made a decision to run the three-year-old at 7am today after a sudden track improvement following more than 65mm of rain during the week.

Symons recommended to connections to run after making a trip from Caloundra to inspect Doomben personally before catching a flight to Adelaide.

Senior part-owner Michael Duff said thoughts of retiring Bel Esprit to stud could be delayed for another season.

“Eliza Park Stud have taken over his management rights and I’m not sure if he’ll go to stud at the end of the season or race on another year,” Duff said.

However, Eliza Park representative John Miller said Bel Esprit, who gave jockey Nash Rawiller his fifth Group One victory, summed up the discussion by hinting he would race on next year.

“We’re in no hurry to retire him to stud and if he keeps running like that he’ll race on,” Miller said.

Rawiller didn’t want to lead on Bel Esprit but always believed he was on the best horse.

“I thought he was the best horse in the race but I didn’t want to be left in front too soon as he gets lost when he does,” he said.

“It’s a big thrill to win my fifth Group One. I won a couple on him last spring but couldn’t get back on because of weight and Damien (Oliver) took over.”

Rawiller, whose previous best win was on Rubitano in the Salinger Stakes, is keen to retain the ride on Bel Esprit in the $1 million Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7 in which he drops to 53.5kg.

Queensland champion Falvelon was involved in another pre-race scare when he threw a shoe in his tie-up stall.

Falvelon, who was involved in a virus scare 48 hours before the race, was denied a history-making third successive Doomben 10,000 but performed courageously to finish sixth.

Trainer Danny Bougoure knew Falvelon was beaten a long way from home and will now see how he recovers from a harrowing week before going into the Stradbroke.

“I thought he wasn’t going to win 800 metres out when he was being niggled,” Bougoure said.

“I’ll see how he pulls up before deciding whether he’ll have his last run in the Stradbroke.”

Falvelon, who would have surpassed $4 million in prizemoney if placed in the 10,000, will be retired to Glenlogan Park stud near Beaudesert after the Stradbroke.

Runner-up Private Steer did a superb job for a filly and drops to a featherweight 48kg in the Stradbroke.

“It was a great effort for a three-year-old filly and I thought she could win but I was wrong,” said trainer John O’Shea.

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