The following is a press release from Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria:
Black Caviar’s victory in the G1 T.J Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday took Bel Esprit’s progeny earnings to in excess of $5.4million and in doing so put the Eliza Park resident in the top three on the Australian Sires List.
Whilst Black Caviar is responsible for quite a chunk of those earnings there are a large number of Bel Esprit’s progeny winning on the track, which is proven by the fact that he sits 5th on the list for Number of Winners.
Encosta de Lago was the last Victorian stallion to be so prominent on the Australian tables and not since Jugah have we seen a stallion dominate the Victorian stallion awards.
Bel Esprit will be crowned Champion Victorian Stallion for the fourth consecutive year at season’s end, a truly remarkable achievement.
Season 2010/11 could be a landmark one for Eliza Park as one of their young guns, Written Tycoon, currently sits in 1st position on the Australian First Season Sires List.
Thanks to the efforts of Masthead’s fourth in the Golden Slipper Written Tycoon is over $200,000 clear of his nearest rival Nadeem with a further $70,000 back to the third placed Ad Valorem.
Off the race track two more EP residents in Shinzig and Magnus have been turning heads at the yearling sales with spirited bidding amongst buyers at the Gold Coast and Melbourne sales seeing their progeny sell up to sixteen times their service fee.
Add to that mares in foal to Wanted were selling like hot cakes in Perth and you can forgive Lee Fleming for thinking the Easter Bunny has come early this year!