Saturday, April 24, 2010


Terrific win by Bel Esprit 3YO, Surgess, at Kranji last night (23 April), coming from near last on the turn to score a memorable victory: his first in Singapore.
Trained by Steven Burridge, Surgess (below) was bred by Eliza Park and is out of the Marauding mare, Harvest Bird – now the dam of five winners (from six to race) including stakes winners Sunday Gold (VRC St Leger-G3) and Zedimbi (11 wins).
Sold by Eliza Park at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier, Surgess was broken in and pre trained at Eliza Park before being ‘pin hooked’ to the Gold Coast Horses in Training Sale for $77,500 and arrived in Singapore in June of last year.
Before last night, Surgess had compiled a tidy record – a couple of placings – but the way he went to the line in the $S65,000 FPA Financial Prosperity Trophy over 1600m would indicate there are quite a few more wins in store.
Caught up near last on the turn, he ran into a dead end on straightening and absolutely flew home to score on the wire. Do yourself a favour and have a look at the race film by clicking here. Very impressive!
Unlike the majority of Bel Esprits who excel over the shorter courses, this bloke looks as if he’ll just keep getting better as he gets over more ground.

Photo courtesy of Singapore Turf Club

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