Name: Diamond Glow
Sire: Bel Esprit
Dam: Prompt (Retired)
Trainer: Peter Moody
Foal Date: 30/7/2010
FILLY BY BEL ESPRIT – PROMPT
Best known as the sire of Australia’s World Sprint Queen, Black Caviar, Bel Esprit is more than a one trick ‘pony’ and this filly is set to go into the stable of Peter Moody, that’s the guy who applies the polish to Black Caviar.
Brilliant at two and three when he won Group 1 events and now a successful young sire, Bel Esprit represents a speed branch of the Northern Dancer line that is not via Danzig but rather through classic winner Nijinsky and his talented sire son Royal Academy.
Well supported by breeders in his home state of Victoria the now 12-year-old registered ‘premiership’ win number two at the end of the 2010-11 season to claim the states’ leading sire tag.
A Group 1 winner at two and three, Bel Esprit has always appealed to breeders Australia wide and although many studs may have increased his fee Lee Fleming resisted and the stud has been rewarded.
With Bel Esprit finishing in fifth spot on Australia’s overall Leading Sires of the Season, 2010-11, it gave Eliza Park’s Marketing Department plenty to write about. As the stallion had jumped from 21 on that list from the season prior and had High Chaparral, Testa Rossa and Zabeel in his wake.
Overall Bel Esprit has sired 274 winners from 442 progeny to the races, that’s a ratio of 61.0% runners to winners, at the end of January 2012, with earnings of more than $21million and has 13 stakes winners and nine stakes placegetters.
Although Black Caviar’s (ex Helsinge) deeds on the track has helped catapult Bel Esprit’s earnings up the ladder the son of Royal Academy did leave 112 individual winners and signed off the season with earnings of more than 7million!
NOT ENOUGH? Bel Esprit’s dam Bespoken is by Golden Slipper winner Vain (by Wilkes), winner of 12 of his 14 starts, and a champion sire of Broodmares, with his daughters leaving 98 stakes winners that include 15 Group 1 winners like Centro, Jetball, Chief de Beers, Joie de Grise and the Group 2 winner Scandinavia, who in turn, is the grandam of Black Caviar.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds principal Grant Morgan said ‘the pedigree caught my eye’ and the filly impressed.
Out of the five-time winning stakes placed mare, Amnesia, this gives the yearling filly by Bel Esprit out of Prompt something in common with Australia’s Sprint Queen, Black Caviar (ex Helsinge), both feature Desert Sun as the broodmare sire.
A half-sister to the six-time winning stakes placegetter Montoux (by Montjeu), Prompt’s career on the track was short. Retiring after just three starts but that wasn’t enough to stop Morgan.
Not only did the filly pass his stringent criteria, he, just had to have her after watching her move and was happy to put his hand up $110,000.
Morgan said “I singled out the pedigree when I first received my Magic Millions catalogue in the post and after seeing her a number of times I was more than happy to put my hand up for her.
“As she is the first filly that I have liked that’s bred on this cross, and, that’s since my days as Marketing Manager for Eliza Park,” Morgan said with a smile.
While, Eliza Park’s current Marketing Manager, Mark Lindsay said “It’s a nice angel for Grant (Ontrack) to use when selling shares in her,” when referring to the cross, and Lindsay went on to add
“that filly possess plenty of size and scope with a nice powerful behind that will keep developing, knees are typical of Bel Esprit’s progeny, and, well developed gaskins.
“A great girth – in short I love her!”
The family page does show plenty of winners in the first three generations and has extra scope in the fourth. As the super tough Hong Kong super Group 1 Hong Kong Mile winner, The Duke (by Danehill) appears. As does the Royal Ascot King’s Stakes winner, Sayf el Arab (by Drone) and his successful half-brother, Monde Bleu (by Last Tycoon).
Peter Moody is one of Australia’s leading trainers – he is also the conditioner of the world’s highest-rated sprinter Black Caviar and the man who applied the polish to the 2009-10 Australian Horse of the Year, Typhoon Tracy.
Along with those two champion gallopers, Moody is again dominating the Victorian training ranks this season (2011-12) as he has past two seasons, from his base at Caulfield. Remarkably, he had only eight horses a decade ago and since he has broken a 30-plus years worth of domination in the Victorian Trainers ranks by the Lee Freedman and the Hayes clan.
Moody’s rise has been dramatic and dynamic. So much so that rival trainers are agog with his success, work ethic and ability to churn out winners from maidens to the highest level. An extensive apprenticeship, with the legendary Tommy Smith, Colin Hayes and his 10-years as Queensland foreman for Bill Mitchell, has paid dividends as he has drawn on those experiences.
Peter is also renowned task master and it’s a testimony to the harmony of his stable as many of his staff are loyal and long-serving members.