Champion sire, Bel Esprit, marked the weekend with another treble following wins by Architect (David Lawlor [below]), Tressles (Bryan Guy) and Spirited Will (Robbie Griffiths).
The victories of juvenile pair – Architect and Tressles – in Queensland on Saturday could not have been more different in style.
Architect, who was Group placed at Doomben in December, came from near last on the turn over 1100m at Ipswich before winning by a length, while Tressles led throughout to win by three lengths over 1100m on the Gold Coast.
While Architect is out of the British bred mare, Rozanee (by Nashwan), Tressles is out of the Aussie mare, Inasnip (by Marwina).
Architect’s family boasts a plethora of northern hemisphere black type, whereas Tressles, with that cross of Vain and all-important presence of Snippets, is ‘domestic’ through and through.
Indeed, the female line is pure Oz, right back to Lady Pop (1918).
Spirited Will’s local connection hails back almost as far (to Box On ), and she certainly showed plenty of spirit to win her assignment over 1600m at Bendigo yesterday.
The mare fought it right out to the line and grabbed her win right on the wire and follows up her win at Warrnambool in September.