Bel Esprit ‘blogmeister’ Brian Donohoe is currently touring the North Pole (no, seriously!) but Bel Esprit isn’t taking a break with winners over the past two days.
First cropper, Esprit Lad (bred by Menzies Racing Stables and out of the Geiger Counter mare Lady Marple), became Bel Esprit’s ‘winningest’ racehorse by notching up his seventh career victory with a comfortable win over 1120m at Dubbo on Monday (12 July).
Only lightly raced, Esprit Lad has now brought home a cheque on 15 occasions from just 23 starts, giving trainer Richard Jackson and his owners a whole bunch of fun.
And yesterday (13 July) at Sale it was hard to know which Bel Esprit to cheer for with both the Angelo Basetti bred and owned, Balavan (ex. Flying Spur mare Danure) and Brian Coyle’s bred and owned Humma Mumma (ex. Last Tycoon mare Unfinished Story) fighting out an absolute ding dong over the 1013m at Sale.
Trained by Lyn Tolson, Humma Mumma won over 1000m at Cranbourne in May and followed up with a city placing at her next outing: although she held on gamely in the straight and actually got the nod in a photo finish, but Tony Vasil’s unbeaten 4YO Balavan won in the stewards’ room after Humma Mumma drifted out over the concluding stages.
Both appear to be well on target for city honours in the not too distant future.