View the nominations for the 2016 Bel Esprit Stakes. The Bel Esprit Stakes will be run on Saturday 23rd April at Caulfield racecourse.
|1||BEAU RADA||G||4||John McArdle|
|2||BIG BUDDIE||G||7||Andrew Sawden|
|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|
|15||NOZOMI||G||4||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|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|
|25||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|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.