Saturday, December 5, 2009


Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria’s informative weekly email has plumped for Bel Esprit 3YO Baltic Spirit in the first at Caulfield today.
Having just his fourth start, Baltic Spirit comes into the $70,000 Acryn Plate (1000m) hot from a resounding third at Moonee Valley on 20 November (beaten just 1.4 lengths), his first run back from a spell.
Trained by Robbie Griffiths, Baltic Spirit was bred by Denis Malcolm’s Nangawooka Park and sold for $60,000 at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Winning on debut – as a 2YO – in June, Baltic Spirit is the third winner (from three to race) out of the Anabaa mare, Curvaceous Spirit, in turn a daughter of SA Oaks-G1 winner Heavenly Body (also the family of Uncle Remus, Cossack Prince and Cossack Warrior).
Curvaceous Miss has a Delago Brom yearling colt, foaled a cracking Magnus filly at the end of September and was covered by Bel Esprit … with hopefully a full brother or sister to Baltic Spirit arriving next spring.

Curvaceous Miss has a lovely Magnus (above) filly at foot

If you live south of the Murray and you’re serious about breeding, you should be a member of Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria.
Annual membership, for individuals, will set you back $132 ($330 for stallion farms and $275 for broodmare farms) and for that you receive a host of goodies, including industry publications, weekly and quarterly newsletters, discounts on transport and software, functions and racedays, plus general advice on all matters breeding.
Most importantly though, membership gives you a ‘voice’ as Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria is the officially recognised representative of breeders in the state. And, let’s face it, with a lot of industry stuff that has been hitting the fan of late, now’s the time you want to be heard.
For further information, visit or phone Richard Andrews on 03 9258 4233.

PS. Mike Becker has stood down from the TBV committee after 11 years service: seven years as chairman of the board. Often put in the hot seat over a range of industry issues, Mike has worked tirelessly on behalf of EVERY breeder and deserves a big thank you for his efforts. Well done Mike.

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