Second Stakes for Bel Esprit's Tactical Advantage
Mark Smith - Tuesday November 5

If Australian Bloodstock was disappointed with the performance of their colour-bearer Mustajeer (GB) in the Melbourne Cup it didn’t take long to bounce back with the Bel Esprit gelding Tactical Advantage breaking a run of outs in the Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m) at Flemington.

Ridden by Damien Oliver for trainer Kris Lees, Tactical Advantage pounced on the leaders in the final two hundred metres to defeat

Holbien (Pierro) by one and a half lengths with Milwaukee (Fastnet Rock) one and a quarter lengths back in third.Tactical Advantage wisn for Australian Bloodstock

It was his first win since the Listed Takeover Target Stakes at Gosford in January.

“We were really happy with him coming here today. He came out of his Caulfield run quite well, he was unknown up the straight, but he got a lovely ride and everything set up nicely for him,” Lees said.

“There was a good tempo and Damien exposed him at the right time and he was very strong and it was a perfect surface for him.”  

A Gooree Stud homebred that was purchased by Australian Bloodstock last year, Tactical Advantage advances his record to 10 wins, 6 seconds and 2 thirds from 28 starts with earnings of $707,650.

Tactical Advantage is the best of five winners from as many to race out of the Group III placed Encosta de Lago mare Above Perfection, a daughter of stakes-winner Actress from the family of Gooree Stud's Group I winners Desert War, Laser Hawk and Romantic Touch.

Above Perfection has a 2yo filly by Artie Schiller (USA) named Kaakit Akit, a yearling colt by Shalaa (IRE) and foaled a Smart Missile filly two weeks back.

Sun Stud’s 20-year-old sire Bel Esprit continues to churn out the winners, which is why he remains one of Victoria’s most popular stallions at a fee of $11,000.


Mss Security Sprint LR 1200m
Flemington Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:09.91
Tactical Advantage
T: K A Lees J: D Oliver 58
6g Bel Esprit (AUS) x Above Perfection (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
T: S J Richards J: Lachlan King 54
5g Pierro (AUS) x Carribean Sunset (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Kia-Ora Stud, Scone
B: S Richards
T: M D Moroney J: L Currie 56
6g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Hummingbird (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains, NSW
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
T: Will Clarken J: Damian Lane 55
5g Darci Brahma (NZ) x Della Lobra (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Little Avondale Stud
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Ms L J Meech 54
5g Denman (AUS) x Coco Kerringle (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Bell River Thoroughbreds Wellington NSW
B: Ciaron Maher Racing
Smart Coupe
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Craig Williams 54
5m Smart Missile (AUS) x Coupe (AUS) (Spinning World (USA))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $22,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: First Light Racing/Ellerton Zahra Racing
T: James Cummings J: J B Mc Donald 55
5g Street Cry (IRE) x Radar (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
T: L & T Corstens J: S Baster 54.5
7g Delzao (AUS) x Runs On Dreams (AUS) (Last Tycoon (IRE))
More Than Exceed
T: P Stokes J: Kayla Crowther 54
4g More Than Ready (USA) x Exceedingly Regal (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Newgate Farm Scone NSW
B: Phillip Stokes Racing
Crown Fontein
T: J E Hickmott J: Sairyn Fawke 54
5g Turffontein (AUS) x Miss Crown (AUS) (Bellotto (USA))
Royal Symphony
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: D Dunn 58
5h Domesday (AUS) x Naturalist (AUS) (Palace Music (USA))
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