How exciting? Flashy sprinter Moshe (above) – syndicated by Roy Higgins & Wylie Dalziel Racing and trained by the Hawkes – captured his second win from as many starts at Moonee Valley on Friday night and appears to be something right out of the box.
The full brother to Black Caviar led throughout at the Valley, following up on his all-the-way score on debut at Bendigo on 11 November.
“He's just a big kid,” said Wayne Hawkes post race. “He did a good job. The other horse was coming but Dwayne (Dunn) gave him a couple and he really put his ears back.”
Moshe has been given time to mature and the Hawkes team are happy to take the BEL ESPRIT colt along steadily and will let the dust settle before making further plans.
Moshe’s ‘rise’ has been a terrific boost for his owners – including a number of first timers. Since the colt was purchased as a yearling from the 2009 Melbourne Premier, connections have watched closely as Black Caviar has piled on eight straight victories, including the Patinack Classic-G1 on the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.
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Moshe’s victory provided Bel Esprit with yet another daily double after Winsum Lad stormed home to capture the Uranquinty Hotel Handicap over 1200m at Wagga.
Bred by Edgecombe Holdings Pty Ltd, Winsum Lad is out of the Umatilla mare, Thunderstick and is linebred to Nijinsky through a son and a daughter. Sold by Eliza Park at the 2009 Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale, Winsum Lad is out of a half sister to Group Two winner Berberia and hails from the family of How Proud, Ascorbic, Lemon Sorbet and co.
Interestingly, for those into nicks and crosses, Winsum Lad is the fourth Bel Esprit winner (from as many to race) out of a Umatilla mare.
All up, Bel Esprit had three runners at Moonee Valley on Friday night and each of them brought home a cheque: Moshe won, while Oregon Spirit and Bon Marche both finished second in their events.