Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Attention all owners of Brief Truce mares …
Following on from the victory of True Persuasion in absolutely devastating fashion at Moonee Valley the previous Friday, New Avenue became the second Bel Esprit winner in three days to hail from a Brief Truce mare.
To date, there have been five Bel Esprit starters out of Brief Truce mares with each of them winning: the stakes placed Royal Esprit (5 wins), True Persuasion (3 from 9), Genuine Stunner (winner of over $50k), All Spirit (1 from 2) and New Avenue who recorded her second career victory over 1000m at Tatura on Sunday (21 March).
Out of Taj Lani – a winning half sister to NZ 2000 Guineas-G1 winner Clean Sweep and related to an outstanding North American/European family – New Avenue was bred by and is part-owned by Doug Blackshaw and is also trained by Gwenda Johnstone (left).
Gwenda’s had a fair amount of success too with the Bel Esprits’ she has trained, including 3-time winner Lotsa Grunt.

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