Bel Esprit Stakes Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Bel Esprit Stakes which is to be run at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday 23rd, April 2016. View the Bel Esprit Stakes Field.


No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 13 60kg
2 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA Peter & Paul Snowden 6 59kg
3 HELLOVA STREET Scott Brunton Ben Melham 17 56kg
4 PITTSBURGH FLYER Lee & Shannon Hope Nicholas Hall 1 55.5kg
5 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 3 55kg
6 UNANIMOUSLY Matthew Dale Damian Lane 12 55kg
7 HUSSON EAGLE Patrick Payne Ms Michelle Payne 9 54.5kg
8 MIRAGE Darren Weir 7 54.5kg
9 SHEIDEL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damien Oliver 8 54kg
10 GIRL GUIDE Ciaron Maher Dean Yendall 15 54kg
11 OUR NKWAZI Shawn Mathrick 14 54kg
12 BEAU RADA John McArdle Chris Symons 10 54kg
13 BULLPIT Danny O’Brien Glen Boss 4 54kg
14 JAVA Lee & Anthony Freedman Patrick Moloney 11 54kg
15e LONROCKSTAR John Sadler James Winks 18 54kg
16e WE’VE GOT THIS Greg Eurell Craig Newitt 2 54kg
17e NOZOMI Lee & Anthony Freedman James Winks 5 54kg
18e CASHED Ryan Balfour 16 54kg


Nick Olive will be a relieved trainer on two fronts as he prepares to have his first city runner since his best horse was involved in fall during The Championships.

As Single Gaze crashed to the turf under Kathy O’Hara in the ATC Australian Oaks earlier this month, Olive feared the worst for the horse and rider who a fortnight earlier gave him his first Group One win.

O’Hara suffered a punctured lung, a broken collar bone and fractured ribs and is expected to be out of racing for up to four months.

It’s a similar timeline on Single Gaze’s absence from the racetrack, but Olive is glad he will have the chance to train the filly for a spring campaign.

“We’ve had her in the stable since the fall and she was quite bruised and a bit sorry for herself,” Olive said.

“She pulled a muscle in her stomach as well and that will take a couple of months to get right.

“But we had the vet go over her for the last time yesterday and she gave her the go-ahead to go to the (spelling) paddock today.”

Stablemate Cheeky Devil also has Olive thankful she is heading to Canterbury on Wednesday with her form on the training track pointing to an improvement on an unplaced first-up run in the bush.

“She was probably a touch disappointing the other day but the track was a little bit shifty (at Canberra) and I’m hoping that was her problem,” Olive said.

“Her work since then has been great.”

Cheeky Devil has won three of her seven starts since joining Olive’s Canberra stable at the start of the season.

“She’s a handy horse and I definitely think she is up to midweek class on her best form,” Olive said.

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