Brilliant winner for Bel Esprit at Bendigo

Bel Esprit’s winner tally for the season increased to 23 at Bendigo on Thursday when 2008 Adelaide Magic Millions graduate Belle Diva won at Bendigo.

Belle Diva (3f Bel Esprit – Manly Belle by Star Watch) won the Silks Function Centre 3YO Plate (1000m) by four lengths on debut.  She is trained at Kyneton by Neil Dyer and was a $15,000 bargain buy from Ducatoon Park at the Adelaide sale.

Dyer went into the race with a good deal of confidence.  “I thought Belle Diva was well above average,” he said.  “She’s run good time and there was a bit of a head-wind in the straight as well.  It was very pleasing.”

Eliza Park sire Bel Esprit got the Bendigo winner from Manly Belle (Star Watch).  The dam was a Sydney juvenile winner and she has also thrown four-time Adelaide winner Madam Lush (Danehill Dancer).

Manly Belle is a half sister to the dam of crack New Zealand galloper Wahid (Almutawakel), a G1 winner of the New Zealand Derby and Levin Classic.

Belle Diva was bred by Flower Hill Stud and Manly Belle followed up with a Street Cry filly in November 2008.  Sadly, the mare died in August aged 19.