The Bel Esprit Winners Club comes up with some weird and wonderful factoids, due largely to the diligence and devotion of its author Brian Donohoe.
Must admit to being a little surprised to see a video of Nijinsky winning the 1970 Epsom Derby pop up on the website though, until the penny dropped of course in that Nijinsky is Bel Esprit’s grand daddy.
And what a horse he was. Winning 11 of 13 starts (six at Group One level) he was, for many years, the most popular branch of the Northern Dancer line in this neck of the woods.
When you get a chance, take a look at the video: 40 years down the track it’s easy to forget just how good a horse he was.
Another interesting aspect was the crowd which was full to overflowing … something which current English racing administrators would love to turn the clock back on.
As for the race call …