You’re kidding me, right? In the season 2012-13 season, Bel Esprit had to share the all-time record for most winners in a season when his glorious run stopped at 155.
We shouldn’t be too disappointed – after all, equaling a record is still a record and Bel did it with a better strike rate, but still …
In the last few days of July he had some go very close, yet as luck would have it, No. 156 just couldn’t lob.
So, imagine our frustration when his very first runner for 2013-14 – a tick over 13 hours into the new season – gets the money over 1000m at Coffs Harbour!
Racing in the somewhat appropriately named Ooh Maiden, Slick Cookie was very slick scoring by over two lengths for trainer Bob Milligan.
Bred by Eliza Park International, Slick Cookie is out of the Suave Dancer mare, Suave Princess, in turn a half sister to Drop Anchor, the dam of Bel Esprit Group One winner, Bel Mer (below) and another of his Group winners in Mooring.