Swettenham graduate Moshe will be the first son of Bel Esprit to stand at stud. The younger brother of Black Caviar retires after three wins in five starts over 1000 metres.
Moshe was a $75,000 buy from the Swettenham draft at the 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne. Six weeks later Black Caviar won by five lengths on debut at Flemington and the colt’s value kept increasing while she kept winning.
Moshe (4h Bel Esprit – Helsinge by Desert Sun) won at Bendigo and Moonee Valley in November 2010. He finished fourth in the Listed ATC Fireball Quality at Rosehill in February before returning home to win again at Moonee Valley.
The colt was trained by Hawkes Racing for a syndicate headed by Roy Higgins and Chefs on the Run owner Wiley Dalziel. His dam Helsinge is owned by Gilgai Farm principal Rick Jamieson and her Casino Prince colt made $1.025 million at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale.
She produced a filly by Redoute’s Choice on September 29 in 2010 and celebrated with a colt by the Arrowfield champion on the same date this year.
Moshe owns a stallion’s pedigree – Helsinge is a half-sister to G1 winner Magnus (Flying Spur) and G2 winner Wilander (Exceed and Excel).
Bel Esprit has sired 259 individual winners but his colts account for just 2% of that total. Studs plans for Moshe will be announced at a later date.