Bel Sprinter and Kerrin McEvoy took the $350,000, Group 1 Canterbury BMW Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday in a run that took the Jason Warren trained five-year-old from last after leaving the barriers to blasting past the field with 150m to run and then run on to win with 3 1/4L in hand.
Bel Sprinter and Kerrin McEvoy leave Snitzerland and Corey Brown behind, picture Sportpix.com.au
In the spring Bel Sprinter won the Group 3 McEwen Stakes over 1000m at Moonee Valley first up after finishing ninth in The Galaxy last year. On Saturday he not only won first up for this campaign but demolished one of the better Galaxy fields in years in the process.
The field was left holding in the barriers while Unpretentious was a late scratching and Bel Sprinter (53.5kg) was left when the gates opened. McEvoy waited patiently and settled Bel Sprinter second last while Snitzerland (53.5kg) and Corey Brown won the charge for the lead up front.
As the field flashed past the 600m McEvoy commenced his move easing Bel Sprinter wide as the pressure went on. Entering the main straight Bel Sprinter was seven wide while Corey Brown was still leading with Snitzerland and looking still under a hold.
Brown let Snitzerland go forward and the $3.10 TAB favourite was in control. Then Bel Sprinter and McEvoy arrived easily putting paid to the fanned field, and then to Brown’s amazement Bel Sprinter breezed past him and his filly and raced off into the distance.
It was a comprehensive win that left no excuses for the rest.
Snitzerland (Snitzel) did well to hold off the field for second after making the early pace and Decision Time (55kg) (Foreplay) and James McDonald closed for third, the margin 3/4L. Dystopia (52kg) was fourth and Temple Of Boom fifth.
The time was 1.02.87 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.33. Bel Sprinter paid $10.80 on NSW
“I can hardly speak,” said Mornington based Warren.
“He missed the start again, he is some bloody horse for doing that, in these races he always misses the start.
“Kerrin played it cool, got to the outside and let it rip.
“I’ve got to pay special credit to my vets. This horse has had throat surgery and they fixed him, he was only getting half as much air in as what he needed.
“I am thrilled, we’ve put a lot of work into this horse and it has been very frustrating at times.
“I thought ‘we have got to set this horse first up for the Galaxy’ as we had sort of missed the Oakleigh Plate.
“I know how good this horse is first up and we trained him for it.”
“We knew he was the real deal. He is still doing plenty wrong but it looks like we will be staying in Sydney for another two weeks,” he said. TAB.
“He has had his barrier troubles and he fluffed it again. But they ran along and I knew that at the 600m that he had spent much petrol,” said McEvoy.
“Getting him clear and he just exploded and was solid all the way to the line.
“Jason has had him in good order and he has had a good first up record before. It is just such a quality race it was one of those races when you went out there hoping and he just put the race to bed within a 100 yards.
“Earlier I was cursing as I had missed it and I was that far back. I had expected to be mid-field with cover, but as it turned out they flew along and I was able to have a rest and then unleash him,” he said.
Bel Sprinter, picture Sportpix.com.au
Bel Sprinter, by Bel Esprit out of the Snippets mare Gavroche, will now stay in Sydney for the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Derby Day, April 13th. There he will meet another by Bel Esprit, Black Caviar and such is the demand for tickets for the day that the ATC have released a further 2000 tickets on the lawn in front of the new stand.
This was his seventh win from 14 starts and with a second place she has earned stakes of $638,825 for Mrs Y Warren, M Brown, R Clancy, W Ford, S Nankervis, W Patrick and N Theos.
Photofinish picture ATC