Bel Esprit took his tally of winners to 53 for season 12/13 with a treble on Tuesday, courtesy of ‘salutes’ by Bel Price in Hobart and a Victorian double with To Be Honest and Northern Gem.
Trained by John Salanitri, To Be Honest (from the Cossack Warrior mare Miss Lardydar) was impressive over 1618m, winning by a panel after being hampered in running: it was the 4YO’s second win on the trot and third victory overall.
Northern Gem (ex. My Jaspa by Heroicity) was equally impressive with two lengths to spare over the 1209m journey and recorded win No. 2 for trainer Jeff Rogers.
But the star of the day was undoubtedly, Bel Price – a leading light in Tassie as a 3YO, winning two from three in Launceston last February.
Linebred to Vain, Bel Price is out of the Keltrice mare Kel Price and has now won three from seven with three other placings.
Resuming in the Hobart Book Now Handicap over 1100m, the Vicki Rhind-trained flyer cruised to the leaders at the top of the straight and after receiving one flick from jockey Jason Maskiell’s persuader she forged clear and went on to win comfortably.