Bel Esprit Stakes Field – 2015

The Final Field has been released for the 2015 Bel Esprit Stakes which is to be run at Caulfield on Saturday 18th, April 2015 at 12:00PM. View the Bel Esprit Stakes Field.

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Race 9 – 4:45PM TROA Bel Esprit Stakes (1100 METRES)
Of $120,000.1st $72,000, 2nd $21,600, 3rd $10,800, 4th $5,400, 5th $3,000, 6th $2,400, 7th $2,400, 8th $2,400 LISTED
Handicap, Minimum Weight 54kg, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM

1IT IS WRITTENRobbie GriffithsMatthew Allen760kg
2GREGERSDavid Hayes & Tom DabernigCraig Williams159kg
3TRIED AND TIREDLeon & Troy CorstensMichael Walker958.5kg
4UNPRETENTIOUSNikki BurkeNoel Callow1458kg
5GENERAL TRUCERicky Maund1157.5kg
6PAGO ROCKDavid Hayes & Tom DabernigChris Symons1356kg
7VATICANByron CozamanisPatrick Moloney (a)856kg
8POLITENESSRobert SmerdonDwayne Dunn555.5kg
9RUNWAY STARPeter G Moody1254.5kg
10SABATINILee & Shannon HopeNicholas Hall1554kg
11ELOPINGPeter Morgan & Craig WiddisonStephen Baster254kg
12JAZZ SONGMick PriceChad Schofield1054kg
13HAZARDLee & Anthony FreedmanBen Melham354kg
14THERMAL CURRENTPeter G Moody654kg
15AFRICAN PULSEStephen BrownDean Yendall1654kg
16INSPECTORPeter WhiteDale Smith454kg



Trainer Barry Baldwin’s confidence in experienced jockey Larry Cassidy was rewarded when Glendara recorded an impressive win at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.

Glendara, the $2.50 favourite, defied a weight rise when he led throughout to give Cassidy the second leg of a double in the Higgins Coatings Hcp (1600m).

Baldwin used 3kg claiming apprentice Matt McGillivray when Glendara won his previous start at Ipswich and admitted he would have called on the young rider again if McGillivray wasn’t suspended.

The trainer instead looked to Cassidy believing the jockey’s experience would compensate for the extra weight.

“I have an opinion of Glendara but the weight rise did have me a bit worried. He went up 2.5 kilograms which can stop some horses,” Baldwin said.

“But Glendara was able to lead all the way here and there might be a better race in him.”

Cassidy, 45 and a three-time Sydney premiership winner, has been dogged by injury since he moved to Brisbane in 2009.

But he has been in great form in recent months and a double on Wednesday took him to 22 metropolitan winners for the season.

Cassidy also won the Linked Group Plumbing Hcp (1200m) on the Darren Bell-trained Red Hot Dazzler ($8).

Bell said that although Red Hot Dazzler had been beaten at the country track of Dalby at his previous start, it had proved a good form race with the winner Col `n’ Lil subsequently running second at Doomben.

Meanwhile, Jim Byrne remains five wins astern of Luke Tarrant in the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership despite a victory aboard Kobi Creek in the Wimmers Soft Drinks Hcp (2200m).

The victory was Byrne’s 44th this season and took him to within four wins of Tarrant before the leading jockey kicked back with a victory aboard Macka’s Back in the final event.

Tony Gollan continued to dominate the trainers’ premiership when Satirical Lass gave him his 64th metropolitan win of the season in the Ladies Oaks Day 29 May 2015 Hcp (1200m).

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