Bel Esprit's Kisukano Heads to Sydney With Half a Million in the Bank

Mark Smith - Saturday July 11

What a ripping filly Kisukano is. The two-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit confirmed her rating at the best of her sex in the Sunshine State with another flawless performance in Saturday’s Bruce McLachlan Classic QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap at the Sunshine Coast.

All Too Easy for Bel Esprit's Kisukano (Racing Queensland)

Burdened with 60.5kg on a track rated as a heavy 9, Kisukano was settled just off the pace by Mark Du Plessis and when angled out to make her challenge down the centre of the track she put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

She came away to defeat the Not A Single Doubt filly Fleet Dove by two and three-quarter lengths with the Spirit Of Boom filly Country Showgirl a length back in third.


The only horse to ever beat Group 1 J.J. Atkins winner Rothfire, Kisukano advances her record to 4 wins and a second from 5 starts with earnings of $502,100.

Trainer Michael Nolan said he will prepare the daughter of Bel Esprit for a campaign in Sydney.

 "She won a jump-out this week in really good fashion. But she had a lot against her today and I was worried about her weight," Nolan told AAP.

"The track was wet, but she has run good time and put them away quickly.

"I will ease off on her now and head to Sydney in four weeks. One thing about Sydney in August-September there are plenty of races for fillies."

Bel Esprit he can get a good filly

A homebred for the Reeves  family, Kisukano is the first foal of the Show a Hweart mare  Kiss For Gran who is a sister to the dam of recent Listed SAJC CS Hayes Memorial Cup winner Over Exposure and a three-quarter sister to the stakes-placed Show a Prince and a half-sister to Listed GCTC Silk Stocking Hcp winner Princess Margaret.

Nolen went back to this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale to purchase Kisukano’s half-sister by Better Than Ready for $115,000.

Kiss For Gran had a rest in 2019 after foaling a colt by Rothesay.

Sun Stud stalwart Bel Esprit will stand at the value fee of $7,700 in 2020.



Race Result - Butler McDermott Lawyers Hcp 1000m

Sunshine Coast Track: Heavy(9) Time: 0:59.02
T: M G Nolan J: M R Du Plessis 60.5
2f Bel Esprit (AUS) x Kiss For Gran (AUS) (Show A Heart (AUS))
Fleet Dove
T: K M Schweida J: Baylee Nothdurft 55
2f Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Fleet Riane (AUS) (Barely A Moment (AUS))
Country Showgirl
T: K R Kemp J: Corey Bayliss 53
2f Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Paralegal (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Mishani Miss
T: L G Ross J: R Fradd 55.5
2f Denman (AUS) x Caressable One (AUS) (Jet Spur (AUS))
Mishani Fraudster
T: L G Ross J: J Byrne 57
2g Jet Spur (AUS) x Mishani Sinner (AUS) (Falvelon (AUS))
Bad Barista
T: R G Lipp J: Ms S Thornton 55.5
2f Spill The Beans (AUS) x Sparkling Sound (AUS) (Oratorio (IRE))
Aspen Lad
T: Darryl Johnston J: B Pengelly 57.5
2g Bagger Vance (AUS) x Sonador Rose (AUS) (Captain Sonador (AUS))
Magic Delta
T: Natalie McCall J: M Cahill 55
2f Better Than Ready (AUS) x Cheap And Nasty (AUS) (Bianconi (USA))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $82,500
V:Lyndhurst Stud Farm, Warwick, Qld
B: Topline Thoroughbreds/Matthew Dunn/Neil Jenkinson
Yourjokingme Right
T: Alan L Jones J: Adin Thompson 53.5
2c Foxwedge (AUS) x Tenita Mimani (AUS) (Tayasu Tsuyoshi (JPN))
Dark Son
T: Tony & Maddysen Sears J: Jackson Murphy 55.5
2g Better Than Ready (AUS) x Laura Magne (AUS) (King Charlemagne (USA))
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