BEL ESPRIT was more active over the Christmas/New Year period than Santa Claus with three doubles in successive days from 30 December to 1 January.
Bellatina and Canna (his second win of the month) got the ball rolling on the 30th before Silver Bullion and La Bella Roo kicked in with a truly memorable double at the Valley on the last day of the year.
And just to round it out, Coco Bel and Esprit Citi got 2011 off to a great start and it could have easily been a treble with Colin Little’s Work The Room putting in a blinder at headquarters.
December was indeed a big month for Victoria’s Champion Sire and the guru, Brian Donohoe, has again summed it up perfectly on the Bel Esprit Winners Club blog: “November was a record month with 20 wins, but in December Bel Esprit tallied 23 wins … all on Australian tracks, 13 in Victoria.
“Newcomer of the month had to be Bel Sprinter (Mornington) while Bellantina’s win at second prep was very exciting (both will win in the city!) … 14 races were won over 1107m or less while Belgietto’s win over 1630m was the longest … the ‘boys’ won out during the month – 13 wins to 10 – and there were eight wins for horses starting with the letter ‘B’.”
Now tell me that isn’t dedication to the cause!