On the Bel Esprit Winners’ Club blog, Brian Donohoe reports that three Bel Esprit’s have won over 2000m: Spirit of Caplan (2000m), Bel Estar (2224m) and, on Monday (16 November), Ring My Bel became the third when taking out the 2224m Johnstone & Hall Build Handicap at Warrnambool.
Ridden in very fine style by Gary Murphy, Ring My Bel raced three wide shortly after the start, then slotted in two out, moved around at the 1000m to sit just behind the leading pair, then shot to the front to be far enough ahead so he couldn’t be caught.
Another mention goes to the trainer Damian Hunter, who has now produced the 5YO on four occasions for two wins at Warrnambool, a second and a third.
The owners P Collia, J Barret, B Sheridan, W McInerney, S Edwards, T Tracy, S Duke, S Blood, D Quinlan & N Gianopoulos have now won $18,000 in a month and a half : not including money in their back kick from the punt.
Out of the Sober Star mare Smoke There’s Fire, Ring My Bel was bred by Noleen Treloar (wife of Bel Esprit’s jockey Smokey Treloar), Nicki and Danny Quinlan.
Interestingly, while Bel Esprit’s fillies are all the rage – courtesy of Black Caviar and Bel Mer – it’s worth noting that Bel Esprit 5YOs have won 15 races this season, with the boys winning 14 of them!