Bel Esprit Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Bel Esprit Stakes. The Bel Esprit Stakes will be run on Saturday 23rd April at Caulfield racecourse.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 BEAU RADA G 4 John McArdle
2 BIG BUDDIE G 7 Andrew Sawden
3 BULLPIT G 4 Danny O’Brien
4 CASHED G 4 Ryan Balfour
5 EXCLUSIVE LASS M 4 Nigel Blackiston
6 GIRL GUIDE M 6 Ciaron Maher
7 GOOD OFFA G 4 Byron Cozamanis
8 HELLOVA STREET G 5 Scott Brunton
9 HUSSON EAGLE G 4 Patrick Payne
10 IT IS WRITTEN G 7 Robbie Griffiths
11 JAVA G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
12 KLISHINA M 6 David Bourne
13 LONROCKSTAR G 6 John Sadler
14 MIRAGE G 6 Darren Weir
15 NOZOMI G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
16 OLIVIER G 5 Darren Weir
17 ONEROUS G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
18 OUR NKWAZI G 9 Shawn Mathrick
19 PILLY’S WISH M 5 Mick Price
20 PITTSBURGH FLYER M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope
21 PRETTY POSSUM M 6 Russell Osborne
22 SHEIDEL M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
23 SOLAR DUCHESS M 5 Robbie Griffiths
24 SUPIDO H 4 Michael Kent
25 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
26 UNANIMOUSLY G 8 Matthew Dale
27 UNDER THE LOUVRE H 5 Robert Smerdon
28 WELL SPRUNG C 3 Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor
29 WE’VE GOT THIS G 4 Greg Eurell


Promising hurdler Now And Zen has undergone surgery for colic, ruling him out of the remainder of the jumps season.

The Darren Weir-trained jumper was being prepared for the Galleywood Hurdle over 3200m on May 4, the middle day of the three-day Warrnambool carnival.

He took a step towards that race when he won a hurdle school at Warrnambool on Friday, but soon after was found to have developed colic.

Now And Zen underwent an operation on Friday evening and will now need three months off, which puts him out of contention for the rest of the jumps season which finishes in September.

The winner of his first four starts over jumps last season, Now And Zen was spelled after running fourth in the Grand National Hurdle at Warrnambool last July.

After five flat runs before a return to jumping, Now And Zen displayed his class winning the Somerled Hurdle over 3600m at Oakbank on Easter Monday.

Jumps racing returns to the city area in Melbourne on Wednesday with a hurdle and steeplechase at Sandown.

There were no jumps races run in the metropolitan area last year when Sandown was closed for remedial works and the major races transferred to Ballarat and Warrnambool.

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