Some interesting figures through the week courtesy of Bel Esprit statistical guru, Brian Donohoe.
Firstly, his yearlings sold in 2011 have averaged higher than previous years – including $220,000 for a filly on the Gold Coast – and Brian also reveals a couple of VERY compatible ‘nicks’.
For instance, 14 Bel Esprit progeny from Encosta de Lago mares have raced with 10 of them ending up winners, while other successful nicks include Brief Truce (5 from 5), Danehill (5 from 7), Naturalism (4 from 4), Bluebird (4 from 5), Marauding (4 from 4) and At Talaq (3 from 4), while Noalcoholic, Flying Spur, Geiger Counter, Rubiton and Zeditave all have three from three.
However, ruling the roost is Snippets with nine of his mares producing nine winners by Bel Esprit! Foremost among them is the stakes winner Vivacious Spirit, but there’s also Ibsen, Striding Success and Beleconi – four wins apiece – and the 3-time winner Snip Esprit.
And it’s worth remembering that Snippets is also the damsire of Bel Esprit’s stablemates Magnus and Wanted.