Bel Esprit reached another milestone today when his Group One winning mare, Bel Mer (below), was sold to Patinack Farm for $1,050,000, topping the Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale.
Patinack has been active at Australasia’s premier broodmare gathering and clearly had the Group One winning mare in their sights.
Little wonder: racing on 19 occasions (17 at stakes level), Bel Mer would win four black type events – culminating in the Robert Sangster Stakes-G1 last March.
She would also finish runnerup to the Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler in the Ascot Vale Stakes-G1.
Bred by Ariel Arnott and out of the stakes winning At Talaq mare Drop Anchor, Bel Mer is a sister to Singapore Group winner Mooring and a granddaughter of Flemington stakes winner Marine Park.
Foaled, raised and sold by Eliza Park, Bel Mer fetched $110,000 as a yearling at the 2006 Gold Coast Magic Millions.