Lucrative spring looming for Afleet Esprit

Afleet Esprit is heading for a lucrative spring following her last-to-first victory in the LR Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington.

The Bel Esprit filly became the 21st stakes winner for the Champion Eliza Park International sire and trainer David Hayes will set her for the G1 Thousand Guineas next month.

“She’s shown plenty of quality at home and I was thrilled to see her produce it at the races with that burst of acceleration,” Hayes said.  “It was a good quality field of fillies and she will head to the Thousand Guineas via the Prelude.”

Afleet Esprit (3f Bel Esprit – Bonded by Danewin) broke away from the field in tandem with Lumosty and she firmed to $18 for the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11.

She had won a Geelong maiden in June and then did just enough to defeat Godolphin filly Avanti at Moonee Valley last month.  “We gave them a good start today but she finished powerfully,” jockey Damien Oliver said.  “We can work out if she is going to get to a mile after the Prelude.”

Afleet Esprit is the first winner for Bonded who won four races for the Shannon family and she also finished midfield in the 2007 Thousand Guineas won by Serious Speed.

Vinery catalogued Afleet Esprit for the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions as agent for Echo Beach Bloodstock owner Alan Green but she was withdrawn before the sale.  The Torquay based breeder is also a partner in Vinery Australia.

Commanding Jewel (Commands) completed a feature Flemington double for fellow Vinery partner Greg Perry in the G2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).  Perry sold her for $205,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions through Vinery and kept a share under his Greenwich Stud banner.

Commanding Jewel is a younger half-sister to Champion Vinery graduate Atlantic Jewel.