Bel Air Strikes in VOBIS Gold Bullion - Bivouac Half-Sister at Inglis Premier

Mark Smith - Thursday February 29

Supporters of the favourite Bel Air were on the edge of their seats for the entire 1400m of the $175,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion at Pakenham on Friday night.

Bel Air through the middle (image Morgan Hancock/Racing Photos)

After a slow start, things were getting desperate for Damian Lane on the son of Written Tycoon in the home straight.

 Locked away on the fence, Lane desperately searched for clear air. He was shut out when going for a rails run before a hip and shoulder forced a run in time to snatch victory from the Hellbent gelding Deekay by a half-length with another son of Written Tycoon Writey O'pal, back in third.

Never further back than fourth in his last six starts, the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained 4-year-old advances his record to four wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 18 starts with earnings of $507,750.

It’s all good news for Noorilim Park, which offers a Bivouac half-sister Bel Air at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale (lot 130).

Lot 130 Bivouac has sister to Bel Air

“He’s a horse that has a think about it, so being held up probably helped him,” stable representative Brad Taylor said.

“We pencilled this race in after his third at Flemington twelve days ago. VOBIS is a great scheme and these races are very rewarding for the owners.

“There is a mile race for him on VOBIS raceday.

“We have played with his gear a lot. He had no blinkers tonight, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see blinkers on again next start. He is a horse with a lot of talent and thanks to his patient owners.”

A $320,000 buy for International Thoroughbred Solutions from the Woodside Park Stud draft at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Bel Air is a brother to stakes-placed Broadcaster and half to the talented Titans (Exceed And Excel), out of the winning Bel Esprit mare Bel Selene, a half-sister to the outstanding 5-time Group 1 winner Mummify (Jeune).

Bel Air a $320,000 Magic Millions yearling

Bel Selene foaled a Stay Inside colt last spring and was covered by Russian Revolution.




Race Result - VOBIS Gold Bullion 1400m

Pakenham Track: Good(4) Time: 1:24.90
Bel Air
- 4g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Bel Selene (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Tnr: A & S Freedman Rdr: Damian Lane 60
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $320,000
Seller: Woodside Park Stud, Nagambie, Vic
Buyer: International Thoroughbred Solutions
- 4g Hellbent (AUS) x Seagrove (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: Anthony Chibnall Rdr: Craig Williams 57
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale $75,000
Seller: Collingrove Stud, Euroa
Buyer: L McDonald
Writey O'pal
- 5g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Palomita (GER) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Tnr: Michael Huglin Rdr: B Mc Dougall 57
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $75,000
Seller: Woodside Park Stud, Tylden
Buyer: First Light Racing / Mick Huglin Racing / Paul Willetts Bloodstock
Regal Azmon
- 6g Magnus (AUS) x Sun Lane (GB) (Daylami (IRE))
Tnr: P Stokes Rdr: Zac Spain 57
Tiffany Valentine
- 4m Sepoy (AUS) x La Poupee (AUS) (Dash For Cash (AUS))
Tnr: P Stokes Rdr: D W Stackhouse 55
Regal Vow
- 4m Swear (AUS) x Regime (USA) (Empire Maker (USA))
Tnr: Charlotte Littlefield Rdr: Jack Hill 56
Imperial Lad
- 7g All Too Hard (AUS) x Stammer (AUS) (Viscount (AUS))
Tnr: J F Moloney Rdr: Jordan Childs 60
Typhoon Harmony
- 7g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Jubilant Harmony (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: Peter Gelagotis Rdr: M Zahra 59
- 7g Toronado (IRE) x Safe (AUS) (Strategic (AUS))
Tnr: J D Sadler Rdr: Matthew Cartwright 58
Red On Red
- 6g Magnus (AUS) x Yasey San (AUS) (Yasey (JPN))
Tnr: John Pascoe Rdr: J Maskiell 57
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