Bel Esprit managed to pull off another treble on Saturday, with winners as far flung as Victoria (Gazelle) and Malaysia (Aranda), but it was the victory of Work The Room (below), who scored over 1200m at Eagle Farm that really caught the eye.
The lightly raced son of Bel Esprit – having his first start since August – stormed home from second last on the turn to outclass stablemate Excellantes by 1.25 lengths in the Better Build Constructions Handicap.
According to trainer Robert Heathcote, Work The Room’s target is now the Bernborough Handicap-LR on 31 December.
A two time winner at Sandown and winner of the Tattersalls Mile-LR at Eagle Farm in July, Work The Room was bred by Hayson Bloodstock in NSW and is out of the Grand Lodge mare, Social Scene.
It was somewhat fitting that Work The Room should win on Saturday, albeit a long way from his happy hunting ground of Sandown where – for the first time – the re-badged Zipping Classic (formerly Sandown Classic) was staged.
Work The Room is a half brother to Zipping who won the Sandown Classic four years in succession from 2007-2010.