Business as usual for Bel Esprit

Bel Esprit’s champion mare Black Caviar is ready to take on the world in the next 12 months but it was business as usual for the Eliza Park sire on Saturday.

Bel Esprit sired a city double with Work The Room (Eagle Farm) and Bel Sprinter (Flemington).  They increased his 2010-11 Australian figures to a career-high 108 winners of 190 races for $6.97 million in earnings.

Work The Room (5g Bel Esprit – Social Scene by Grand Lodge) came from the tail of the field to win the Listed Tattersall’s Mile at Eagle Farm.  The gelding had been a beaten favourite at his previous four starts but trainer Rob Heatchote was sure a win was just around the corner.

“He’s a very good horse but has had problems,” Heathcote revealed. “It’s only been a matter of working them out.  There’s a very good race in him down the track.”

Earlier in his career, Work The Room won races at Sandown (2) and Ballarat for Colin Little.  He had been a $160,000 buy for the Caulfield trainer from Amarina Farm at the 2007 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

There have always been high expectations for Work The Room being a younger half-brother to multi-millionaire Zipping (Danehill).

Earlier in the day, Bel Sprinter kept his unbeaten record alive in the King Island Dairy Hcp (1100m) at Flemington.  He was left in front a long way from home down the straight but held off late closer Nicholls Court to win by a head.

Bel Sprinter (3g Bel Esprit – Gavroche by Snippets) is trained by Jason Warren and had won his maiden on home soil at Mornington last December.  He resumed from a 27 week break to win at Moonee Valley earlier this month and was still on the fresh side at Flemington.

“He was a bit fired up prior to the race but did a terrific job,” Warren said.  “He’s only a baby and they had their chance to get him but couldn’t.”

Bel Sprinter will face another acid test in the G3 Aurie’s Star Hcp (1200m) at Flemington on August 6.

Warren also trained his dam Gavroche who was a winner at Bairnsdale before retiring to stud.  She is related to European import Always Aloof (Alleged) who won the G1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield in 1997.

Gavroche has a yearling filly by Shinzig and she foaled another Bel Esprit colt last year.  Bel Esprit will stand for a $27,500 (inc gst) service fee at Eliza Park this year.