May 17, 2013
Patience is a key factor to the success of our stable and we were pleased to see the connections of Belmaison rewarded for their's at Bendigo on Thursday.
A slow-maturing five-year-old who has always shown good natural ability - but who has just needed plenty of time, the son of Bel Esprit was impressive saluting at his first outing since June last year.
Getting well back in the 1400m ratings handicap, the bay was patiently handled by Luke Nolen and a solid early tempo was always going to suit.
Making his run as the widest runner into the straight, Belmaison charged home over the final stages - his 1¾ victory an extra smart one.
A $22,000 weanling purchase for his owners Peter Fusca, Nicholas Fusca and Fred Lorenzini, Belmaison has won two of his five starts to date and it seems that the best is still to come.
Like Bel Esprit's Group One son Bel Sprinter, Belmaison is line-bred to the legendary Nijinsky II. A half-brother to the winners Bel Nor and Boltonian, he is out of the lightly raced Dolphin Street mare Malmaison - half-sister to the stakes winner Territorial.