Monday, December 3, 2012


There is 7,338 kilometres between Wodonga and Sha Tin racecourses but distance didn’t diminish a double by Bel Esprit yesterday with Full Hand and Floral Man both impressive on their respective sides of the Equator.
It was a home town victory for Full Hand who scored by close enough to two lengths over 1400m for his trainer Brian Cox and now takes his record to three wins and four seconds from just 12 starts.
Full Hand is a half brother to four winners including stakes winners and VRC Sires’ Produce-G2 runnerup, Ulfah, and the multiple stakes placed Grandway Shogun.
Full Hand is a son of the stakes placed At Talaq mare, Separate Deal, in turn a daughter of the brilliant performer, Draw Card who won the Magic Night-G2 in Sydney and grabbed third in the VRC Sires’ as a 2YO.
Pretty much everything out of the bottom half of this pedigree is the work of successful Victorian breeders, the Tobin family, dating right back to Full Hand’s fourth dam, Long Draw (1964).
Meanwhile, Floral Man (below) has now grabbed his second win on the trot in Hong Kong, taking out his 1400m assignment comfortably for Danny Shum.
Floral Man has now taken his earnings to over $1 million Hong Kong and has been a model of consistency this time in.
Bred in South Australia by the Mittigas, Floral Man is out of the Mookta mare Straight By and was originally sold at the 2010 Adelaide Magic Millions before being snapped up later that year by the astute Paul Beamish at the Magic Millions Horses in Training Sale - as part of the consignment prepared by Eliza Park’s Racing Division.

WARNING – don’t look at the photo below while eating your breakfast!
Not sure where intrepid Bel Esprit blogger, Brian Donohoe, picked up this ‘Floral Man’ from but he looks like something straight out of a Ray Bradbury novel.
Brian thought it was a strange place to hang a ring, but claims to have no immediate plans of getting one of his own!

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