Monday, August 15, 2011


Some ‘nicks’ just work and one that is definitely gaining momentum is the Bel Esprit x Snippets cross, as Breednet’s Tara Madgwick points out.

This cross is working, so don’t ignore the obvious.
With four wins in as many starts culminating in a three length romp to victory in the Listed MRC 60th Anniversary National Services Stakes, up and coming speedster Bel Sprinter has stamped himself as the next rising star for leading Victorian sire Bel Esprit.
A homebred for part-owner Glen Bailey, Bel Sprinter is the first foal of the Snippets mare Gavroche, whose dam is the imported La Miserable (USA), a half-sister to Australian Group I winner Always Aloof, who won the Group I VATC Underwood Stakes in 1997.
Bel Sprinter is the 13th stakes-winner for Eliza Park based Bel Esprit (below), who is coming off his best ever season in 2010/2011 with 112 winners of $7.2 million and a superstar flagbearer in unbeaten sprint star Black Caviar.
Interestingly, both Black Caviar and Bel Sprinter carry the blood of Snippets on their dam side: Bel Sprinter from a mare by Snippets and Black Caviar from Helsinge, a mare whose dam Scandinavia is by Snippets.
The Bel Esprit x Snippets cross has been remarkably successful, producing nine runners to date, all of them winners with Bel Sprinter joined by Vivacious Spirit as stakes winners.
There have been a further two winners from two runners bred by Bel Esprit from mares sired by sons of Snippets, adding further merit to the cross.
Taking it a step further and looking at the Black Caviar example, ie. Bel Esprit over mares whose dams are by Snippets, and we find five to race and five winners with Black Caviar joined by stakes winner City of Song and Group Two placed Audacious Spirit.
There seems to be an undeniable affinity between Bel Esprit and Snippets based on these statistics, something well worth considering for broodmare owners of mares carrying Snippets blood and yearling buyers seeking to find an edge.

All statistics courtesy of Arion and their Grid Nicking report.

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