Thursday, November 3, 2011


With eight runners saluting in the past two days, Bel Esprit has surged to fifth on the Australian General Sires’ premiership (by winners) with 44 individual winners since the start of the season and is now just two individual winners off third spot.
Bel Esprit’s six winners on Cup day was followed by another double at the Kyneton Cup meeting yesterday with, firstly, the Danny O’Brien trained Sacred City (ex. In Hoi An by Great Dane) scoring over 1200m in the Hanging Rock Winery Maiden.
It was a solid win and augurs well after the 3YOs debut on 11 October where he raced erratically throughout yet still slotted into second.
However, it’s unlikely that the elation of the win could have been matched by the victory of Neil Dyer’s Bel Sir who notched up his second win on the trot by taking out the Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap (1850m).
Neil (top left) bred, owns and trains the 4YO, who is out of his black type mare Mrs Bently (13 wins), and given that his stables are at Kyneton, the victory was bound to have been even sweeter.

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