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The filly is by former proven producer Snitzel out of a Bel Esprit mare. Belle Of The City sells for $560,000.   Leave a comment

South Africans active at Inglis Premier

2015 Melbourne Premier Sale - Snitzel x Belle Of The City (Photo courtesy of William Inglis)

Lot 44 Bay filly Snitzel out of Belle Of The City (Photo courtesy of William Inglis)

Multiple Group 1-winning South African trainer Brett Crawford is a man that knows how to make an entrance.

On his first trip to the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Crawford bought the first half-million-dollar youngster of this year’s sale.

He outbid champion local trainer Peter Moody to acquire a filly by Snitzel out of Belle Of The City for $560,000.

Crawford was asked to attend the Melbourne sale by prominent South African breeding family, the Kieswetters, who were keen for him to head home with the Snitzel filly.

“It’s the first time I’ve bought for them (the Kieswetters), they’ve bought at this sale before and they asked if I’d come this year and see if I could find something.

“I’m very excited to get a filly of her class. There are other horses on their list, so I’m sure they’re going to try for a few more, but this is the filly that I really wanted.

“I think she’s a quality filly, an exception walker who just has a lot of class about her.”

WATCH: Opening-day Inglis Premier Yearling Sale wrap


The filly is by former proven producer Snitzel out of a Bel Esprit mare. Belle Of The City did not make it to the racetrack, but is a half-sister to Blue Diamond Preview winnerCecconi.

She now heads to Cape Town to be a part of Crawford’s 100-strong stable.

The 43-year-old trainer, who was born in Zimbabwe, learnt his craft under some of the biggest names in South African racing, including Mike de Kock, and has been training in his own right since 2001 and has prepared 14 Group 1 winners.

His Snitzel filly was clearly the highest-priced lot of an opening day that also saw a colt by freshman sire Foxwedge out of Hold That Tiger mare Carlton Show sell for $340,000, also to South African interests.

Three other youngsters fetched at least $250,000; a filly by Bel Esprit and a colt by Not A Single Doubt who both sold for $260,000, while a colt by boom first-season sire Sepoy sold or $250,000.

Full results for Day 1 of the sale can be found via the Inglis website.

The Premier Yearling Sale runs until Wednesday, with Day 2 action kicking off from 10am Monday.

WATCH: Final steps in yearling prep


Posted March 2, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Horse trainer Les Samba murder linked to organise crime syndicate   Leave a comment

Horse trainer Les Samba murder linked to organise crime syndicate

Racing identity Les Samba with his granddaughter Hilary. Mr Samba was shot four years ago

Racing identity Les Samba with his granddaughter Hilary. Mr Samba was shot four years ago.

THE murder of horse trainer Les Samba was ordered by an interstate organised crime syndicate, gangland investigators believe.

Those suspected of being behind the cold-blooded ­exec­ution in Middle Park are from a crime cell in New South Wales.

Mr Samba is believed to have had links to those crime figures.

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Posted March 2, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

RVL starts to blur hard line on cobalt breaches   Leave a comment

RVL starts to blur hard line on cobalt breaches

Bombshell: Chairman of stewards Terry Bailey talks to the media in January about the alle

Bombshell: Chairman of stewards Terry Bailey talks to the media in January about the alleged doping. Picture: Brendan Francis Source: News Corp Australia

IS there safety in numbers or is an almighty broom about to sweep through Australia’s training ranks?

There are many more cobalt “irregularities’’ than the ones in the public arena.

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said on Friday that RVL did not have more cobalt “positives” than the famous four — the Hopes, Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien and Peter Moody.

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Posted March 2, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Chris Waller holds back Catkins for Canterbury Stakes   Leave a comment

Chris Waller holds back Catkins for Canterbury Stakes

Date
March 1, 2015 – 6:20PM
Unbeaten this preparation: Hugh Bowman rides Catkins to win the Blackwoods Sidchrome Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill on February 21.Unbeaten this preparation: Hugh Bowman rides Catkins to win the Blackwoods Sidchrome Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill on February 21. Photo: Getty Images

Premier trainer Chris Waller was tempted to run Catkins in Saturday’s Guy Walter Stakes but the group 1 lure of the Canterbury Stakes made him wait a week.

The talented mare is unbeaten in two runs against her own sex this preparation and the 1300m group 1 against all comers will be a good test.

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Posted March 2, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Golden Slipper rivals Headwater and Vancouver may clash in Todman Stakes   Leave a comment

Golden Slipper rivals Headwater and Vancouver may clash in Todman Stakes

Date
March 1, 2015 – 6:21PM
Hot to trot: Headwater treated his rivals with disdain in the Silver Slipper.Hot to trot: Headwater treated his rivals with disdain in the Silver Slipper. Photo: Getty Images

Gai Waterhouse and Team Hawkes will wait until later in the week to  decide if unbeaten colts Headwater and Vancouver will clash in Saturday’s Todman Stakes at Randwick or wait for the Golden Slipper.

The two impressive colts top Golden Slipper betting, with Headwater the favourite after treating his rivals with disdain in the Silver Slipper.

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Posted March 2, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

It’s beyond comprehension why Warwick Farm is like quicksand   Leave a comment

It’s beyond comprehension why Warwick Farm is like quicksand

Date
March 1, 2015 – 6:26PM

Rob Waterhouse

Turf war: Individual quirks of a track add variety to racing but punters were let down by the ground conditions on Chipping Norton Stakes day.Turf war: Individual quirks of a track add variety to racing but punters were let down by the ground conditions on Chipping Norton Stakes day. Photo: Getty Images

Track bias is an important string to my bow. I’m very aware of it, when it happens. It gives me a real advantage and I make my book fully conscious of which horses, I think, are suited and which aren’t.

For me, the downside of bias is that most punters hate it and won’t bet. A complete turn-off. No turnover. Variety makes racing interesting. I like Warwick Farm, with the long chute starts, the sharp home bend and the short straight.

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Posted March 2, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

BELEGIC wins again over his favorite distance   Leave a comment

Winners club

BELEGIC (Blks)
6 year old bay gelding (25-9-2008) Sire: Bel Esprit Dam: Egic (Strategic) View Pedigree Report
Breeder: Mr D Pleasance
Owners: D L Pleasance, Mrs C Pleasance, M S Johnston, R Movsessian, M Borg, S J Tonkin & Pryde’s Pty Ltd (Mgr: P R Pryde)
Colours: Yellow, Purple Unicorn Outline And Sleeves, Yellow Cap, Purple Pom Pom

Trainer: Kim Loy (Gold Coast)     Jockey: Luke Rolls 59kg      Barrier:7

Record: 25:6-5-1     Prizemoney:$84,850    1st Up: 7:2-0-0    2nd Up: 5:1-3-0

Track: 1:1-0-0     Dist: 12:5-3-0     Track/Dist: 1:1-0-0     Distance(s) Won: 1200 (4), 1300 (1)

Firm: 0:0-0-0     Good: 17:3-4-1     Soft: 4:1-0-0     Heavy: 3:1-1-0     Synthetic: 0:0-0-0

Sand/Dirt Fast: 0:0-0-0     Sand/Dirt Wet Fast: 0:0-0-0;

Race 7 – Wimmers Soft Drinks (Bm70) – 1200m
Class: Benchmark 70. Track: Soft(5). Time: 1:12.62. Sectional Time: 0:35.60 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $16,000 – 1st: $10,400 2nd: $3,200 3rd: $1,600.
 1 3. Belegic Ms K Loy L P Rolls (7)
$7
59.0
6g   Bel Esprit x Egic (Strategic )
Lot 2063; 2010 MM National Yearling Sale
Vendor – Eliza Park
Buyer – Psd $38000 Res $40000
Winning siblings: SAN DELAGO, Umalass,
Previous Start: 4 – Ipswich 4/02/2015, City Of Ipswich Hcp (75), 1200m Details
 2 0.1 5. Glendara B S Baldwin Matthew Mc Gillivray (1)
$3.75
57.5
4g   Show A Heart x Art Gallery (Marju (IRE) )
Lot 1302; 2012 MM National Yearling Sale
Vendor – Evergreen Stud Farm
Buyer – Psd $16,000 Res $30,000
 3 0.3 11. Tanzanite S W Kendrick J Byrne (5)
$3.50
55.0
4m   Jet Spur x Advisable (Regal Advice (NZ) )
Not Offered
 4 0.6 1. Jet Down On It Jason McLachlan Sarah Eilbeck (2)
$4.50
58.0
4g   Jet Spur x Sardana Gold (Geiger Counter (USA) )
 5 0.8 4. Colour Charge Natalie McCall D J Browne (9)
$6
59.0
4g   Red Dazzler x Market Price (Scenic (IRE) )
 6 2.1 10. Revacious B S Baldwin J Lloyd (8)
$17
55.0
5m   Grand Reve x She’s Vivacious (NZ) (Danasinga )
 7 3.9 7. Gotitallwrong R L Heathcote M Cahill (6)
$7
57.5
5m   Falvelon x Dantibes’ Treasure (Dantibes )
 8 9.7 9. St Andrews (NZ) R L Heathcote K Wharton (4)
$21
56.0
6g   Sandtrap (USA) x Nun’s Chorus (NZ) (College Chapel (GB) )
 9 9.9 6. Bustopher Jones K Shelton Ms C Schmidt (3)
$31
58.0
8g   Felix The Cat (USA) x Kaaptree (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ) )

Posted March 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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