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Name: Bel Blaster

Gender: Colt

Sire: Bel Esprit

Dam: Mrs. Tendulkar

Trainer: Amy Johnston

Foal Date: 5/9/2013

 

MORRIS & RAPHAEL OFFER COLT

Steve Morris a successful athlete and member of the ‘Tigers’ AFL team has joined forces with David Raphael to select this colt by Bel Esprit to be First Class Bloodstocks public offering.

Raphael is a name synonymous with Hong Kong racing, during a golden era which included Silent Witness, Fairy King Prawn and Vengeance of Rain. Raphael, selected the talented Rubick and shares a strong enthusiasm for racing and breeding racehorses with Morris. Both men are joined by Cameron White a well-respected cricketer who shares the love of racing and they have all formed the creaton of First Class Bloodstock.

So the trio’s first public offering is a milestone! By Bel Exprit best known as the sire of Sprint Queen, Black Caviar and as a racehorse he was pretty handy too being a Group 1winner at two and three.

Bel Esprit has always appealed to breeders Australia wide and although many studs may have increased his fee many times over, Lee Fleming and now the new proprietor Alvin Lui have resisted and the stud has been rewarded. With breeders in his home state regularly supporting the now 15-year-old bay. Last season the popular horse registered win number five when claiming the 2013-14 Victorian Leading Sire title.

Bel Esprit represents a speed branch of the Northern Dancer line that is not via Danzig but rather through the classic winner Nijinsky and his talented sire son, Royal Academy.

This brown colt is out of Mrs. Tendulkar a half-sister to the Group 1 winner Shindig (by Straight Strike) a winner of the STC Coolmore Classic and more than $448,000.

More than a handy galloper, Mrs. Tendulkar collected connections $288,850 from five wins and 12-placings during a 39-start racing career when trained by Bart Cummings.

NOT ENOUGH? Both Morris and Raphael were very impressed with the colt and believe Mrs. Tendulka’s female family will come in handy as the colt may turn into a miler. As the Group 1 SAJC South Australian Oaks winner Cache (by In the Purple), the New Zealand 1,000 Guineas winner, Cure (by Sir Tristram) and Shinzig (by Danehill) winner of the MRC C.F. Orr Stakes all reinforce that line of thought.

Think of the fun you will have when selecting of a name for the colt. The syndicate along with the colts career will be managed by First Class Bloodstock, too.

If there is one trainer in Victoria who was born and bred for the racing game, it is Amy Johnston.

And she is already living up to her immaculate “pedigree”.

Amy is the daughter of trainers Fran Houlahan and Brian Johnston, and the grand-daughter of legendary Hall Of Fame trainer, Jim Houlahan.

With such a family connection there was little doubt Amy would be involved in racing. But she didn’t sit around waiting for a career to be handed to her. In the time-honoured way, Amy began at pony club at the age of four. By the time she was 12 she was a Victorian show jumping champion and by 15 she was a member of the Victorian Young Rider Show Jumping Squad, winning international selection in national teams.

But racing is her true calling, so when the opportunity arose she set about learning as much as she could about training racehorses, joining the staff of prominent English trainer Willy Jarvis at Newmarket and of Michael Halford at The Curragh in Ireland.

At home, Amy has worked in the stables of Victorian trainers Lee Freedman, Tony Noonan and Darley.

By the time she saddled-up her first runner, Echelon, on March 31, 2012, she’d had a thorough grounding. Echelon ran third at Werribee carrying the pale blue and black striped colours made famous by her grandfather Jim and gave Amy her first winner a few months later.

Amy has achieved good results since, notably with the multiple winners Follow My Lead, Artie Royale and Petrify, who provided her with an her career highlight with his win in the 2014 Weary Dunlop Handicap, the feature sprint race on the Benalla Cup Day card.

Amy’s base is Mayfair, a fully racing stable adjoining the Mornington racecourse. As well being alongside one of Victoria’s best training centres, the location gives her easy access to Balnarring and Safety beaches. With a growing client base supporting her, Amy is a regular at all the major yearling sales and is both determined and excited about taking her business, A.J. Bloodstock, to the next level.