Monday, February 21, 2011


Bel Esprit’s Caviar serves up phenomenal Lightning win …
and Statue of Liberty’s flyer is still second on the List

1 … 2 … thank you! Eliza Park stands the sires of the world’s two best sprinters

Well, job’s right. The unbeaten mare, Black Caviar more than justified her $1.28 quote by demolishing Australia’s finest sprinters in the $750,000 Lightning Stakes at Flemington today.
Such was the display that seasoned racegoers could not recall a performance of that ilk and now the question is, who can beat her?
Spare a thought though for Hay List. With his gutsy second – still two lengths clear of the third horse – he remains the second best sprinter in the world.
From an Eliza Park perspective, it could not have been a better result … Black Caviar is by Victoria’s Champion Sire Bel Esprit and is closely related to up and coming stallion Magnus (whose first crop of yearlings are selling in 2011 and topped the recent Inglis Sydney Classic), while Hay List is a son of Eliza Park’s shuttler Statue of Liberty.
Yet, as important a result as this is for Eliza Park, this is also a huge leap forward for the Victorian thoroughbred breeding industry.
As Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody said post race – dispelling the fears of those who feel his Champion mare will be lost to overseas racing – “there are plenty of televisions around the world and, besides, they can always jump on a plane!”
Victoria … the eyes of the world are upon us!

Eliza Park will have a 2011 service nomination to both Bel Esprit and Statue of Liberty auctioned at the Inglis Sales Complex on Sunday 27 February with the proceeds going to Living Legends, the International Home of Rest for Champion Horses.

Photo by Bronwen Healy

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