Sunday, December 6, 2009


We’re tipping that Bel Esprit Winners’ Club author, Brian Donohoe, had a couple of bucks on Forty Two Below at Stony Creek yesterday. He takes up the story …

“Anybody who saw Forty Two Below win his first start at Bendigo (in April) – where he was backed off the map – had to be impressed.
Next start (3 May), he went to Sandown, drew barrier 14, raced wide and came sixth to Thorn Park. The stewards that day reprimanded jockey Danny Brereton for not using enough vigor.
I wonder if they said anything to him today when he won the Diesel Richards Crew (C1) over 1100m in a canter, by a length from Tremolo with another Bel Esprit in Stately Spirit, a further length away in third place.
He was just as impressive as his first start: Forty Two Below jumped second last, raced in the back half of the field early, moved up on the turn and found space as the horses outside the leader, Stately Spirit, spread. He then went to the line untouched, easing up.
Trainer Colin Little now has another exciting Bel Esprit to put beside Work The Room (two wins from two starts).”

Bred by Ariel Arnott – who also bred Bel Esprit Group winners Bel Mer (G1) and Mooring – Forty Two Below is out of the Danehill mare, Danish, stakes placed in Melbourne and hailing from the immediate family of Group One winner Vapour Trail.
Sold as a weanling by Eliza Park, Forty Two Below is raced by the Eight Stars Syndicate and while I’m not sure whether the syndicate has eight stars, it looks as if they having a budding one in Forty Two Below.
It appears that Forty Two Below is named after a vodka made it New Zealand and if you have five minutes check out their website: it’s very, very well done and absolutely hilarious. Imagine Kiwis being funny … who would have thunk!
The youtube video gives you a small taste!

While on the subject of Bel Esprit, two of the trainers who have had a fair amount of success with the stallion (and great supporters of Eliza Park) are Mick Price and Robbie Griffiths.
Both Mick and Robbie ended up with three winners’ apiece yesterday – doubles at Caulfield, while Mick also had a winner at Morphettville and Robbie with one at Stony Creek.
Well done.

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