Don’t know if his handlers have given him any Easter eggs, but Bel Esprit definitely got the chocolates on Saturday (3 April) with smart 2YO The Pupster becoming his 13th stakes horse following a third in the Perth Stakes-LR at Ascot, Beltrois ran on soundly for third in the $70,000 Bert Bryant Handicap at Caulfield while My Tinkerbel claimed first with a five length romp at Toowoomba.
(By the by, Ascot to Toowoomba is 4,225km, while Ascot to Caulfield is 3,420km)
The Pupster was bred by Mick and Lou Maroulis, who sold the 2YO through Eliza Park’s 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions draft.
Raced by Peter Morley’s Belhus Racing (who also purchased a Fusaichi Pegasus yearling from Eliza Park’s 2010 Melbourne Premier draft), The Pupster has now started on five occasions for a stakes third and a second at Ascot. In fact, the exciting youngster has yet to finish out of the money.
Out of the Maroulis’ New Regent mare, Moving Shadows, The Pupster is a half brother to four winners including Flemington stakes winner Fiveoclockshadow and Caulfield winner Delago Blitz.
It was hardly surprising that The Pupster was snapped up by WA interests given that he’s also closely related to dual Perth Group One winner Island Morn.
Mick and Lou will sell a Haradasun filly through Eliza Park’s Gold Coast Magic Millions National Weanling draft in June.
My Tinkerbel was also in commanding form with her display over 1050m at Toowoomba.
Trained by Ray Hawkswell, My Tinkerbell was fresh from a short letup and was recording her second win for Romi Karam.
Out of the Centaine mare, Boondock, My Tinkerbel hails from the famous Corn family (Maizcay, County, Catbird, Danbird, Pillar of Hercules etc.) and is a shining example of pin hooking: sold for $10,000 as a weanling before being sold to Romi for $175,000 at the Gold Coast National Yearling Sale.