Interesting deuce for Victoria’s Champion Sire yesterday with the David Hayes’ trained, Spirited Addition, winning his second race on the trot at Morphettville, while Peter Moody’s Belle of the Court made short work of her rivals on debut at Murtoa.
Firstly to Spirited Addition: hailing from the Jugah mare Costly Addition and bred by Springhill Park Stud, this youngster has plenty going for him with two wins and two placings from five outings … and it could easily have been three wins after he jumped awkwardly and was beaten a lip on debut at Morphettville in July.
The authority of his last two wins would indicate David Hayes has plenty of options coming into spring for this classy sprinter.
As for Belle of the Court … she has a long way to go to match the deeds of another Peter Moody trained female by Bel Esprit! Still, you can only win and while a Murtoa maiden is not normally much to write home about, Belle of the Court led throughout – as a $1.80 favourite – scoring easily by over three lengths.
In another aside, Belle of the Court is bred and raced by David & Jenny Moodie’s Contract Racing whose ill-fated Crystal Lily gave these wonderful supporters of the Victorian thoroughbred industry a multitude of thrills.
Unfortunately, the Golden Slipper winning filly happened to run into Black Caviar on numerous occasions, finishing second to the superstar in both the William Reid and Newmarket.
Belle of the Court is out of the winning Dehere mare Miss Lenglen (two winners from two to race) who is, in turn, a daughter of Contract Racing’s Group One winning mare Miss Kournikova.
There would indeed be some justice if the Bel Esprit rises through the classes and adds some further silverware to the Contract cabinet.