Arion Pedigrees reveals that Bel Esprit has produced winners in nine countries: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korean, Macau, Malaysia, South Africa and the Philippines (indeed, in the last two mentioned, Bel Esprit has a 100% winners to runners record!).
However, we only found out today that Bel Esprit also has a winner in Iran: and not just any winner either.
Two years ago, at the Gold Coast National Horses in Training Sale, Eliza Park sold a Bel Esprit filly from Jill Mary to Iranian buyer, Reza Allahdadi, along with a God’s Own filly from Sun Maid.
Well, in turns out that the God’s Own has won several races, while the Bel Esprit is the No. 1 horse in Iran for the second year running!
Iran racing might seem a long way from the members’ enclosure at Flemington or Randwick, but fans are as keen as mustard and I’m pretty sure there would be a few Aussie tracks over the moon if they could attract the same sort of crowds.
Check out the YouTube video for an overview of Iranian racing … I especially liked the clip on the bloke who said he’s been going to Gonbad-e Qabus racecourse since 1974 is yet to leave the track a winner (must be a Middle Eastern cousin of sorts!).
Keep in mind that Eliza Park will consign 13 youngsters to this year’s Gold Coast National Horses in Training Sale (which is staged next Wednesday  and Thursday  October) and won’t only be Iranian buyers inspecting this lineup! Especially as apart from a Bel Esprit, there’s also four Written Tycoons.