Polar Esprit launched a two country double for his sire, Bel Esprit, yesterday (20 May) by taking out the Dunedin City Motors Handicap at Wingatui in New Zealand.
Yet another winner bred by David and Jenny Moodie’s Contract Racing (also breeder/owner of 2010 Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily), Polar Esprit was sold as a weanling for $10,000 and, remarkably, ‘pin hooked’ a month later, selling to New Zealand interests for $30,000.
A flashy 2YO raced by the Te Akau Polar Esprit Syndicate and trained by Mark Walker, Polar Esprit has now raced on five occasions for a second at Riccarton and a very tidy fifth in the Selwyn River Stud Champagne Stakes-LR at his most recent outing.
Cleverly bred, Polar Esprit is out of the Hurricane Sky mare, Polar Sky, a half sister to Contract Racing’s Caulfield Cup winner Arctic Scent.
The Hurricane Sky factor also sees Polar Esprit being linebred to Nijinsky through a son and a daughter and through Wilkes via a son and daughter.