Breednet profiles the performance of Bel Esprit baby, Iconic, in Bendigo’s Gold Rush.
As a three-quarter brother-in-blood to Black Caviar, this Bel Esprit 2YO was always going to be worth following and at Bendigo on Saturday, Iconic snared a big prize when taking out the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush.
The Tony McEvoy trained youngster prevailed to win by half a head in a thrilling finish to the 1000 metre dash, his overall record now two wins from three starts with prizemoney of $196,900.
Iconic is a homebred for Robert Crabtree and is the fourth winner from four to race from ill-fated Danavia, a three-quarter -sister by Danehill (USA) to Group I winner Magnus, Group II winner Wilander and half-sister to the dam of Black Caviar and All Too Hard.
This fabulous family has been on fire in recent weeks with both All Too Hard and Black Caviar scoring Group I wins in the MRC CF Orr Stakes, Futurity Stakes and VRC Lightning Stakes.
The family is set to light up the Newmarket sale ring in Sydney next month.
Since his entry was confirmed last October there has been plenty of chatter about Lot 131, the half-brother to Black Caviar, while also sure to please is the Redoute’s Choice colt from Scandinavia, the grand dam of Black Caviar. Eliza Park Stud will offer the colt as Lot 319 on behalf of Dorrington Farm.