Despite a record breaking fourth consecutive sires’ premiership, Bel Esprit hasn’t been resting on his laurels in 2011/12 with top 10 spots on the national charts both in terms of earnings and individual winners.
Thus far, Bel Esprit has produced a double on 5 August with Island Bel (ex. Dawn Again by Marooned) and Silver Falls (ex. Swish Trish by Redoute’s Choice); another interstate double on the 14th with Mystical Bel (ex. Mysterieux by Snaadee) and Undercurrent (ex. Rivers Secret by Flying Spur); an incredible ‘quaddie’ on the 20th with Easter Esprit (ex. Easter Road by Revoque), Morphettville winner Forty Two Below (ex. Danish by Danehill), San Mateo (ex. Zippast by Lord Seymour) and Spirit of Many (ex. Lady Acumen by Sound Reason); a treble on the 27th with Rosehill winner Balavan (ex. Danure by Flying Spur), Doomben flyer Belletrist (ex. Lady Nickelii by Roman Artist) and Easter Esprit scoring her second win in the month; yet another quaddie on 4 September with Spirit of Pompeii (ex. Pompeii Glory by Pompeii Court) and Undercurrent (his second win for the season), plus the Singapore pair – Peaceful Warrior (ex. Let’s Begin by Umatilla) and Zac Warrior (ex. Lessie by Belvic) … a great day’s work with four winners and a third from just seven runners!
You can also throw into the mix, Vigneron (ex. Lenswood by Woodman) who hails from Bel Esprit’s first crop and won again in NSW on Friday, along with Andrew Noblet’s Navillus Superman (ex. Sharna Cabarna by Dolphin Street) who is something of a superman with wins on 24 July, 11 August and 25 August before running a neck second over a mile at Morphettville on Saturday.
And then of course there is the clearly brilliant Bel Sprinter (ex. Gavroche by Snippets) who followed up his stakes victory at Caulfield on 13 August with a truly gutsy second in the Bobbie Lewis Quality-G3 at Flemington on 3 September after conceding weight to the eventual winner – a Group One winner in May – and being forced to cart them up in front. Although it was his first defeat, Bel Sprinter certainly lost no fans.
But it may well be the deeds Brisbane sprinter, Found The One, that has us reaching for the little black book!