Now you wouldn’t expect a horse called Darwin to run well in the wet, but Mark Jackson’s Bel Esprit 4YO had no problems with the moisture at Seymour yesterday (24 May), scoring over 1600m in the Luxbet Owners-Trainers 12% ClubXtra Bonus 0-68 Handicap (now there’s a mouthful!).
As it turns out though, Darwin is a nob in the wet having now taken out his three victories (from nine career starts) on rain affected surfaces: twice – including yesterday’s – on a slow 7 and once on a dead track.
Coming from barrier seven, the 4YO Darwin fought back strongly after being headed and got up by the slimmest of margins. Well done to Nick Souquet who has also been on board Beau Esprit and Bel Shoes for wins in the wet.
Bred by Dr Michael Rose, Darwin is out of the Sound Reason mare, Lady Acumen, dam of six winners including Adelaide Cup-G1 winner The A Train and the Group placed pair Instantly and Lady Atire.