Bel Esprit has risen to equal 4th on the Australian Sires’ chart by winners with five winners in two days: four of them on Saturday along with another stakes performance by Gillian Heinrich’s consistent sprinter, Audacious Spirit.
Colin Little’s Work The Line (ex. My Sweet Pamela by Kenmare) got the ball rolling with a confident win over 1200m at Cranbourne on Friday night, his fourth win (plus a second) from only nine outings.
But it was the following day that Bel Esprit really came into his own: the evergreen Esprit de Bullet (ex. Beat the Bullet by Bite the Bullet) grabbed his second win in town on the trot with a 1000m victory at Morphettville (edging out another Bel Esprit in Belfast Boy in the process); another of Bel Esprit’s first croppers in Royal Express (ex. Hennessia by Hennessy) produced win No. 6 when romping home by seven lengths at Alexandra; Greg Eurell’s Hludowig (evidently German for Ludgwig) – who hails from the Spartacus mare Spartica – ‘scored’ brilliantly at Mornington in his first run in over five months; while Bayonet Charge (ex. Inquiring Lady by Lord Ballina) made Hay while the sun shined with a six length victory for Wayne Carroll.
As for Audacious Spirit (ex. Roskeel by Zeditave), he held on gamely after carrying the load throughout to snap up third in the Keith Noud Handicap-LR at Eagle Farm behind 4-time stakes winner Steel Zip and Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready.
Audacious Spirit (below) has now been placed five times at stakes level.
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