After recording his fifth double for the month of November on Friday night, BEL ESPRIT produced a three peat on Saturday when Audacious Spirit won at Eagle Farm in Queensland, Belle Diva scored at Morphettville in South Australia and Stellesprit tripped to the winners’ circle at Corowa in NSW.
For Audacious Spirit, the Eagle Farm score was much deserved and he can finally drop his tag of ‘best maiden’. Only lightly raced, Audacious Spirit has started on five occasions and never finished out of the money with his last three outings producing a fourth, a second and a third – all at Listed level as a 2YO.
Having his first start back in five months, Audacious Spirit never looked like getting beaten at the Farm and it was sweet justice for Gillian Heinrich who purchased the colt from Eliza Park’s 2009 Melbourne Premier draft for $70,000.
Audacious Spirit was bred by Rob Harding and is out of the Zeditave mare, Roskeel.
Kyneton trainer Neil Dyer was also very impressed with the win of his 4YO mare Belle Diva who scored by a length over 1000m at Morphettville. This was the second win on the trot for Belle Diva who won easily at Wangaratta on 12 November in her first run back from a spell.
Bred in South Australia by Flower Hill Stud, Belle Diva hails from the Star Watch mare Manly Belle.
Meanwhile, Stellesprit fought every inch of the way to record his second win at Corowa, having earlier won over the course and distance last year after missing the kick by six lengths!
This time around Stellesprit jumped from 12 and was carrying 59.5kgs, but still managed to get up by a length.
Also bred in South Australia – by the Bromley family – Stellesprit is out of the Brondesbury mare Stella Matutina.
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