Bel Esprit had four winners over the weekend - Half His Luck at Morphettville and Wayne in Queensland on Saturday, along with Miracle to Me (see below) and Full Hand in Victoria on Sunday. All were previous winners in the past 12 months so he remains tantalisingly close to breaking the all-time record for the most individual winners in an Australian season ... just one more to go!
Following is a wrap up on Miracle To Me’s win at Sandown from Breednet’s Tara Madgwick.
Bel Esprit will finish the 2012/2013 racing season as the leading sire by individual Australian winners and one of those winners, 2YO filly Miracle to Me, became a repeat offender when she scored her second win of the season at Sandown on Sunday.
The John McArdle trained filly powered home to win over 1200m by half a length, her trainer revealing he plans to nominate the filly for the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas in the spring.
“We will give her a short break and give her a crack at some of those 1400m and 1600m fillies’ races. If she stands up, she stands up,” McArdle said. “She’s a tough, honest little thing. I trained her mother (Miracletto), who was a mile-and-a-half horse. I don’t know whether she’ll get as far, but I think she’ll run a mile.”
Miracle to Me was a $42,000 purchase for Redgum Racing from the Burnewang North draft at the 2012 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale and is the first winner for Miracletto, a daughter of stakes-placed by Belle Bellotto by Fuji Kiseki (Jpn).
Burnewang North retained a share in the filly, who has now won two races and placed twice from five starts earning in excess of $60,000.
Bel Esprit has 155 winners to his credit this season and stands at Eliza Park at a fee of $33,000.