Thursday, November 25, 2010


There’s a bit happening according to BEL ESPRIT blogmeister, Brian Donohoe.

  • Firstly, congratulations to Slade Bloodstock – the most successful owners of Bel Esprit progeny with 14 wins via Belcentra, Tassology, Seasonality, Mooring and, on Saturday, Waltzes who notched up his sixth career win at Moonee Valley in the TAB iPhone App Handicap over 1000m. Other successful Bel Esprit owners include Kevin Sheedy (12), Colin Madden and Neil Werrett who have the distinction of racing both Bel Esprit Group One winners (Black Caviar and Bel Mer) equal to Sheedy on 12, Simon Hearnden-Hunter, Peter and Brian Donohoe and Peter Harrington all with 10. Bred by LD Rhodes and W Calendar, Waltzes is out of the Picnicker mare, Dance The Music and notched up his second win on the trot at the Valley.
  • Bel Esprit actually supplied another double on Saturday when the David Hayes-trained Sorbba rocketed home to score by two at Kilmore. Sold by Eliza Park at the 2009 Adelaide Magic Millions, Sorbba was bred by Pinnacle Thoroughbreds and is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Absorb, who hails from the famous Sovereign Red family.
  • True Persuasion, runnerup to Hay List in the Group One Manikato Stakes, had an undeniable chance in Saturday’s Winterbottom Stakes-G2 at Ascot but will now be scratched as he was unable to board a flight to Perth this week. As a consequence, the focus now shifts to the exciting youngster Moshe – a full brother to Black Caviar – who will race in the Mayoral Charity Community Plate over 1000m at Moonee Valley tomorrow night. Stepping out for the first time on 11 November, Moshe (below) won by six lengths at Bendigo and the Hawkes camp clearly have a high opinion of the colt.

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