Bel Esprit has a few irons in the Spring fire, but the one that may emerge with the greater glory is the well-named 3YO, Iconic.
What a performance in Saturday’s Nine West Plate (1000m) at Caulfield, bred and raced by Rob Crabtree (along with his wife, Sylvie, and good mate, Craig Jamieson), Iconic tracked the multiple stakes winner and favourite, Villa Verde, into the straight before pouncing over the final stages to score by half a length with a good space to the rest.
Trained by Tony McEvoy and ridden impeccably by returning hero, Damien Oliver, Iconic has now pieced together three wins and two seconds from just six starts.
Iconic is out of Crabtree’s Danehill mare, Danavia, a half sister to Magnus, Scandiva, Wilander and, of course, Black Caviar’s mum, Helsinge.
Interestingly, McEvoy has earmarked the Blue Sapphire at Caulfield on 12 October as Iconic’s next target which has been won twice previously – in its six year history – by Bel Esprit progeny (i.e. Black Caviar and City of Song).