Bel Sprinter Primed for 2015 Oakleigh Plate Return

February 18th, 2015

Unable to make much of an impact over the 2014 Australian racing calendar, trainer Jason Warren has been pleased with the form and class displayed by Group 1 winner Bel Sprinter since returning to work and is confident he will line up for the 2015 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) in scintillating form.

Jason Warren is confident of a successful performance from Bel Sprinter in the 2015 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Steve Hart

Jason Warren is confident of a successful performance from Bel Sprinter in the 2015 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Steve Hart

Securing five wins and three minor place finishes from his 25 start career so far, Bel Sprinter has not been seen at the race since placing seventh in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth on November 22nd.

Pleased with a Cranbourne barrier trial completed by the son of Bel Esprit early last week, Warren told Racing Ahead the seven-year-old will complete one more hit-out before contesting the 2015 Oakleigh Plate first-up.

“He did begin well from the gates at Cranbourne there, but he always does begin well at trials, the frustrating horse he is” Warren said with a laugh.

“He was only there for a very light day last Monday and is actually having a final jump out this morning.

Ben Melham’s down there and will just put the finishing touches on him.

“He’ll be ready to go for the Oakleigh Plate which will basically be our Grand Final – the horse will be wound right up for a first-up effort again.

“It’s the race that sort of got away from us; things went wrong when he was favourite in the Oakleigh Plate a couple of years ago and definitely should have been right in the finish day days so hopefully we can make amends this year.”

A proven first-up performer, Bel Sprinter undoubtedly found career-best form to date over the 2013 edition of the Autumn Carnival; taking out the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) first-up before placing a credible third behind equine superstar Black Caviar in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m); returning to the paddock following an impressive performance for second abroad in the Group 1 International Sprint (1200m) in Singapore.

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