Bold front runner, Sir Fernando, notched up his first city win at Moonee Valley yesterday, downing a quality field in the National Union of Workers Handicap over 1200m.
The Bel Esprit 3YO is clearly above average, having won on debut at Seymour last September before running second at Caulfield – beaten less than a length after being held up for a run for a good deal of the straight.
Sir Fernando found trouble upon resuming at Mornington last month and was only beaten a whisker at Geelong on 3 March.
This is the second Bel Esprit this month to win at Moonee Valley for Mick Price after Monte Bella scored over 1600m on 2 March. Same connections too – including former leading bloodstock agent Bryan Muschialli.
Sir Fernando is out of the Desert Style mare, Ruby Doll, a half sister to Perth stars Playing God (dual Group One winner) and God Has Spoken (multiple Group winner).