Eliza Park International’s champion sire Bel Esprit lobbed with a very impressive deuce at Sale on Thursday via Trimensa and then, a race later, Sistonic…both of them first starters.
The David Hayes – Tom Dabernig trained Sistonic garnered plenty of attention due to her close relationship to Black Caviar but it wouldn’t have mattered if she was three parts to Dobbin – it was some win.
Bred and raced by Robert Crabtree (who also bred and raced another very close family member in Magnus), Sistonic is out of the Danehill mare Danavia, a half sister to Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge. Both mares are out of the blue hen Scandinavia whom Crabtree also raced.
It will be interesting to see where Hayes – Dabernig take Sistonic next but we’re tipping it might be closer to town…as jockey Linda Meech pointed out: “That was very, very impressive – I probably couldn’t hold her any slower.”
Trainer Robbie Griffiths has also had a long, long association – of sorts – with his four year-old mare Trimensa.
Now, while there wasn’t quite as much daylight between her and the second horse as in Sistonic’s race, it was an extremely encouraging performance on debut nonetheless.
Trimensa is out of Robbie’s mare Vaingt Trois who only won the one race for him but went on to produce 11 foals (one is still unraced), 10 to race and 9 winners!
Trimsensa’s full brother Beltrois was a stakes winner in Melbourne, runner-up in the Standish and fourth in the Group 1 Goodwood, while other winners out of the mare include Ruby Trois, Vaingtlago and Flourishing.
Sadly, Vaingt Trois passed away in 2011 but her daughter Ruby Trois has also gone on to produce two winners by Bel Esprit in Anne of Brittany and Ritzy Belle, both of whom won for Robbie in the past 12 months or so.