Monday, November 2, 2009


Brian Donohoe does a fantastic job with his Bel Esprit blog and is arguably the Victorian Champion Sire’s greatest fan.
Sure, he part-owned Bel Esprit and has raced several of his progeny, but the sheer attention to statistics relating to his pride and joy are nothing short of amazing.
Brian couldn’t resist when leading industry publication, The Thoroughbred, were offering race ownership of Bel Esprit filly Belleluia to anyone who coughed up $50 for a subscription.
The Thoroughbred had leased the filly from Eliza Park, and based on pedigree, this is not just any filly.
This is a daughter of the stakes placed Desert Sun mare Song of the Sun, a half sister to four stakes winners including blue hen mare, Scandinavia, dam of Group One winner and sire Magnus, sprinting sensation Wilander and Helsinge, dam of unbeaten filly Black Caviar.
Well, Belleluia (below) showed she may well be a worthy addition to the family with a three and a half length win on debut at Traralgon on Saturday (31 October).
In his blog, Brian was quick to point out that due to his 50 bucks ‘investment’ he:
  1. Became a part-owner
  2. Received the following report from trainer Robbie Griffiths’ on race eve: “Belleluia is in great order and this looks a nice race to kick off her racing career. She has only had one trial and still looks a little wooly in the coat but her track work has been excellent and I think she will run a nice race here with further room for improvement in the future. She has drawn a nice barrier in three and with her natural ability she looks one of the better chances in this event. I am optimistic that she will finish in the first three. Good luck.”
  3. Had the thrill of watching Belleluia hit the front in the straight
  4. Backed her and got his $50 back
  5. Got an email from The Thoroughbred stating they would secure mouting yard passes for members.
Cheap way to race a horse Brian!

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