Life’s a Beach for Bel Esprit

Angels Beach completed a winning weekend for Bel Esprit and Eliza Park International owner Ting Kong Cheng in the Apache Cat Classic on Sunday.

The Peter Moody trained mare bolted in by three lengths over Straight Gold (Stratum) and Let’s Rock’n’roll (Fastnet Rock) in the $100,000 feature sprint on Cranbourne Cup day.

“Her pet trip is 1000 metres and she really runs through the line,” winning jockey Luke Nolen said.  “She was up against a quality field of sprinters and she really took them apart.”

Angels Beach (5m Bel Esprit – Descendant by Zeditave) was a barrier rogue in her younger days before putting it all together for a Listed victory in the Manihi Classic (1050m) at Morphettville in March.

Angels Beach was a $220,000 buy for Les Cowell at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  She is a half-sister to Sydney stakes winner Patronyme (More Than Ready) and is the last foal of their dam  Descendant who died in October 2012.

Bel Esprit leads the Victorian sires’ premiership with 32 individual winners for prizemoney of $1.27 million.  He has won the last seven Victorian titles and stands at Eliza Park International for a $24,200 (inc gst) service fee.

On Saturday, Order Of The Sun won the Moet Moment Hcp (2000m) at Randwick for Ting Kong Cheng.  The Gai Waterhouse trained gelding led all the way and clocked 2.00.36s to break the long-standing track-record set by Group 1 winner Dignity Dancer in 1998.

Order Of The Sun (4h Encosta De Lago – Sequin by Lure) won the LR Victorian St Leger earlier this year and he will likely back up in the LR City Tattersall’s Club Cup (2400m) at Randwick next Saturday.