Demonic kicked off a very big week for Bel Esprit, taking out the 1500m Look Tapware Maiden Plate at Sale on 9 December – at only his second start.
With the John Moloney stable – who is also the trainer of city winning Bel Esprit filly Music in the Park – Demonic appears to live up to his name, racing erratically on both occasions.
However, the 3YO clearly has ability and, once balanced, flew home to capture the race with a panel to spare.
Bred by raced by Jerry Pilarinos, Demonic is out of the Nothin’ Leica Dane mare, Not Indeed, who is line bred to Sir Tristram through a daughter and son.
Got no idea where Demonic comes from, but his granddam is the Military Plume mare, Seraphide – and perhaps it’s drawing a long bow – but Seraphine Louis was a French Painter famous for her religious works and, as it turns out, a good couple of sandwiches short of a picnic.
But even more spookily, in the midst of our research, there was another horse called Demonic which last raced in 1995 after winning his second race … at Sale!
OK, it’s hardly X-Files but still a little bit different.