Thursday, October 28, 2010


Alastair McFarlane’s lightly raced homebred, Esprit de Bullet, has had some frustrating injury problems throughout his career, but when’s he good, he’s very, very good.
Esprit de Bullet (BEL ESPRIT) appears to be back to his very best after a devastating performance at the Bendigo Cup meeting yesterday, taking out the TAB Big6 0 - 78 Handicap over 1000m by 3.5 lengths.
Coming from near the tail of the field turning for home, Esprit de Bullet went like a – well, bullet – to register his fourth win from eight starts.
A winner on debut at Cheltenham (on Boxing Day 2008), Bendigo has clearly been a happy hunting ground for Esprit de Bullet who now has three victories at the track.
Trained at Ballarat by Mark Lewis, Esprit de Bullet is out of the Bite the Bullet mare, Beat the Bullet, dam of seven winners (from seven to race) including the stakes winning pair Hollow Bullet (VRC Oaks-G1, STC Storm Queen S-G1) and Red Hot Mama.
Beat The Bullet has an unraced 2YO by God’s Own.

Esprit de Bullet scores at Bendigo. Photo courtesy of SLICKPIX

Bel Esprit double - Snippets 7 from 7

The victory of Esprit de Bullet brought up a double for Bel Esprit who, earlier in the day was represented by Beleconi: a near four length winner over 1500m at Gawler.
It was the first win for the Phillip Stokes trained 4YO who has only had the four outings to date and followed up a good second at Morphettville on 4 October with the Gawler victory.
Bred by Diana Anceschi, Beleconi is out of the Snippets mare Bocconi, closely related to Sydney Cup winner and sire, Marooned.
Diana has also bred a yearling full brother to Beleconi and it’s worth noting that Bel Esprit has now produced seven winners from Snippets mares … from seven to race!

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