*Story by Breednet
Sun Stud’s perennial champ, Bel Esprit has again notched up 100 individual winners for the season with promising 3YO, Ashrad, leading throughout to notch up his maiden win at Wangaratta last Sunday 21 July.
Although he has gained global attention as the sire of racing immortal, Black Caviar, it’s worth noting that Bel Esprit has sired 682 winners in 11 countries – at a strike rate of 68%! – with over $68 million in progeny earnings. Indeed, his $5.65 million in earnings this season again place him among Australia’s Top 20 active sires.
Meanwhile, 2019 stakes winners such as Tactical Advantage and Belwazi are just two of Bel Esprit’s 52 stakes horses, which also include Group One winners Bel Mer and Bel Sprinter.
With consistency being the key, Bel Esprit has produced – on average – 130 winners a year world-wide for the past 10 seasons and is rapidly gaining currency as a broodmare sire too, particularly in light of the 2019 deeds of Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Beauty Generation, Group One winner Costa Viva and 15 other stakes horses.
At the time of publication, Bel Esprit has credited an additional 7 winners over the past 7 days to his name.
Still hugely popular with breeders, Bel Esprit covered 95 mares last season and stands at Sun Stud in 2019 at a fee of $11,000 with no payment until live foal.