We read somewhere through the week about a Brisbane uni student who walked from Perth to Melbourne with just the one set of boots. Didn’t do it for a bet or for charity … simply for something to do during the holidays.
Now, given the level of excellent transport systems in place, we don’t advise you follow suit, but the recent level of interest from West Australian breeders for Eliza Park stallions will see quite a few broodmares make the trek across the Nullabor this spring.
Statue of Liberty has “gone through the roof” during the past week on the back of former Perth sprinter – Hay List – demolishing a quality field of sprinters in the Healy Stakes last Saturday, while bookings for Bushranger – a son of WA’s former ‘gun’ stallion, Danetime – have also been brisk.
That said, Bel Esprit is more than holding his own with folks out west following the win of Peach Tree last weekend and highly favoured to become her sires’ 10th stakes winner in today’s Belmont Oaks-LR.
But the speedy Lady Beldon also put her two bob’s worth in on Thursday (1 July) with a confident on the pace victory over 1400m at Northam to increase Bel Esprit’s fan base in WA.
Lady Beldon, trained by Damian Winn, is out of the Alzao mare Futile and was bred by Canungra Pastoral Co Pty Ltd in Queensland.
Futile was multiple Group placed and is now the dam of four winners (from five to race) including the stakes placed Priscilla.