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.
|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|
|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|
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.