- Champion Australian Sire (by winners), equaling all-time Australian record
- 8-times Champion Victorian Sire : 100 individual winners annually for 7 seasons
- 70% winners to runners & $73 million in progeny earnings
- Sire of over 700 winners in 11 countries including immortal BLACK CAVIAR
- Damsire of Hong Kong sensation BEAUTY GENERATION
BTC Doomben 10000 – G1 (1350m)
VRC Maribyrnong P. – G2 (1000m)
MRC Blue Diamond Prelude – G3 (1100m)
Blue Diamond Preview – G3 (1000m)
MRC H.D.F. McNeil S. – G3 (1100m)
MVRC Mitchell McKenzie S. – L (1000m)
MVRC Pierre Fontaine Trophy – L (1000m)
MRC Caulfield Guineas – G1; Dubai Racing Club Cup – G1
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Bel Esprit has already achieved a place in the history books as the sire of the magnificent World Champion Black Caviar. Himself a Group One winning sprinter at two and three, Bel Esprit – by Champion Sprinter Royal Academy – is now the world’s leading standard-bearer for the Nijinsky II branch of the Northern Dancer line.
Bel Esprit’s magnificent daughter Black Caviar is out of a daughter of Desert Sun, by Green Dancer(also sire of Volksraad, Cape Cross, Invincible Spirit and Magic Ring), from the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer. From other Danzig line mares, Bel Esprit has sired stakes winner Work The Room out of a mare by Grand Lodge (by Chief’s Crown, also sire of Beautiful Crown and Be My Chief), and stakes winners Silver Bullion and Loveyamadly out of mares by Desert King and Danehill Dancer, sons of Danehill, suggesting other Danehill sources such as Redoute’s Choice (sire of Snitzel, Stratum and Not a Single Doubt), Flying Spur (whose dam is closely related the broodmare sire of a Royal Academy line Group One winner), Choisir (by Danehill Dancer), Fastnet Rock (giving inbreeding to Royal Academy), Danewin and Commands.
Bel Esprit is sire of the Group stakes winning Se Sauver from a mare by Giant’s Causeway (by Storm Cat, a close relative to Bel Esprit’s sire, Royal Academy). This would suggest utilizing mares by Giant’s Causeway’s son, Shamardal, as well as bringing in Storm Cat through Hennessy, Johannesburg, Tale of the Cat and Statue of Liberty. Storm Cat is by Northern Dancer son, Storm Bird and that horse could also be worth introducing through Bluebird (sire of Lake Coniston, Dolphin Street and Blues Traveller). Bel Esprit is sire of a stakes winner out of a mare by Naturalism (by Palace Music, a son of The Minstrel – a close relative to Storm Bird, and a three-quarters brother to Nijinsky II), and there are also three other stakes winners by Royal Academy out of The Minstrel line mares, which also suggests daughters Bakharoff and Masterclass.
From the Sadler’s Wells branch of Northern Dancer, Bel Esprit has the multiple Group stakes winner Gabbidon, out of a mare by Scenic (sire of Blevic), suggesting trying mares by such as Galileo (sire of New Approach and Teofilo), Montjeu, Barathea, High Chaparral, Carnegie and Singspiel, as well as mares by Encosta de Lago, who is by Sadler’s Wells’ brother, Fairy King (also sire of Falbrav and Helissio). Royal Academy has done well with Northern Dancer through Lyphard, and a good source in Australia might be Alzao. Bel Esprit has also sired a stakes winner out of a mare Noalcoholic (by Nonoalco, like Northern Dancer, as son of Nearctic).
Bel Esprit is sire of Group One winner Bel Sprinter and Group winner Vivacious Spirit out of mares by Snippets (who also appears as sire of the second dam of two Bel Esprit stakes winners, including Black Caviar) and also a stakes winner out of a mare by Picknicker .This also suggests mares by Pins, Snippetson, Snowland and Spartacus, all sons of Snippets.
Bel Esprit has sired two stakes winners, including the Group One winning, Bel Mer, out of mares by At Talaq, a son of Roberto. Royal Academy sired stakes winner out of mares descending from Roberto through Lear Fan (brother to Pirate Army) and Robellino. Bel Esprit should also work well with the Roberto line through Red Ransom (who would be particularly interesting through Domesday, and is also sire of Sri Pekan, Intikhab and Charge Forward), Brocco, Prized and Touching Wood. From the same Hail to Reason line as Roberto, Royal Academy has sired three stakes winner out of mares descending from Halo, including a Group winner out of a mare by Don’t Say Halo and a stakes winner out of mare by Oregon. Halo might also work well through More Than Ready and Sunday Silence (available in Australia through Fuji Kiseki, Genuine and Tayasu Tsuyoshi). The Stop the Music branch of Hail to Reason may work well here and could be tried through Sackford and Squill. Hail to Reason is by Turn-to, from whom also descends Sir Tristram. Royal Academy and his sons have sired six stakes winners out of Sir Tristram line mares, with Marauding providing the dams of four of them.
Out of mares from the Mr. Prospector line, Bel Esprit is sire of stakes winners out of mares by Straight Strike (broodmare sire of the Sir Tristram line sire, Lonhro), and Umatilla (by Miswaki, also sire of the second dam of a Bel Esprit stakes winner). Royal Academy has also done well with mares from this line, and has stakes winners out of mares by Woodman (sire of Hector Protector, Woodborough and Timber Country), Bellotto, Geiger Counter, Unbridled (who could be brought in through Unbridled’s Song), Rhythm, Gone West (who would work well through Zafonic and his son, Xaar, and is also available through Elusive Quality and his son, Elusive City), Seeking the Gold (available through Dubawi, Lujain and Secret Savings/Dash For Cash) and Thunder Gulch.
Although Vain – the broodmare sire of Bel Esprit – is not likely to be found very frequently in the male line of the broodmare population, we can note four of Bel Esprit’s stakes winners – two of the Group One scorers – are inbred to that strain, and he is definitely worth bringing in when possible. Sources of Vain include Centaine (broodmare sire of a stakes winner by Bel Esprit), Stratum, and Testa Rossa. Bel Esprit should be well worth trying with mares by Blushing Groom, who is good under Nijinsky II in general, and who is in the broodmare sire line of 11 Royal Academy line stakes winners). Blushing Groom sources including Quest For Fame, Spectrum, Fantastic Light and Nassipour.