Bel Esprit received a blast from the past when Esprit Lad won the Moree Town Plate on Sunday.
The 10 year-old gelding is from Bel Esprit’s first crop and he flew late to pounce on the leaders while clocking a slick 56.32s for 1000 metres.
Esprit Lad (10g Bel Esprit – Lady Marple by Geiger Counter) is part-owned and trained by Richard Jackson at Walgett and has won 12 races for over $180,000 in prizemoney since breaking his maiden way back in February 2008.
He was bred by Rod Menzies and is from a half sister to Group 1 winning sprinter Marstic. The Melbourne businessman has also bred Bel Esprit winners like Le Bel Away (Tasmanian 1000 Guineas).
Bel Esprit has already opened up a substantial lead on the 2014-15 Victorian sires’ premiership with earnings of $621,690 since August 1. Written Tycoon is next best on $378,750.
The Eliza Park International champion has won 7 Victorian premierships in a row and is bearing down on the record of 9 titles held jointly by legendary stallions Better Boy and Helios.