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26/01/02 "Champion" Youngster in Diamond Spree
0126belesprit.jpg (11954 bytes)Experienced jockey Wayne Treloar labelled unbeaten youngster Bel Esprit a champion and likened the colt to Kingston Town after he thrashed his opponents in the $126,500 AAMI Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield today.

"He's a champion this bloke," Treloar declared to connections after unsaddling the colt after an effortless four and a half lengths.

Winning trainer John Symons sent a further warning to potential Blue Diamond Stakes rivals by declaring the colt "only 80% right" for today's return to the racetrack.

"I was expecting him to win today, but not like that," a delighted Symons said.

0125waynetreloar.jpg (13735 bytes)"His ears were pricked before the turn and it was an effortless win. He isn't even near his best yet fitness wise so I was very impressed," he added.

Bel Esprit was quoted as an early Blue Diamond Stakes favourite with fellow unbeaten youngsters Innovation Girl and Delago Brom, however bookmakers are expected to tighten his odds after today's dazzling win.

The colt won today's Group Three race like you would expect a million dollar purchase to, but this colt was certainly no sale topper.

"I really liked him at the sales and due to his bad legs all the good judges steered clear of him," Symons recalled of his $9,000 Sydney Classic Yearling Sale purchase from last year.

Treloar said the colt just "toyed" with his rivals and would be even better next time out.

"We were pulling up on the line. It was a great win. I've ridden some great horses but this fellow is right up there with the best," Treloar said.

Symons said the colt would back up in the Blue Diamond Prelude at this track in just over two weeks time.

At the line Bel Esprit had streeted his rivals by four and a half lengths over the Alan Bailey trained C'est Le Reve, with the Sydney visitor Tom Coureuse a further short head away in third place.

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