BELL RINGS FOR ESPURANTE

Espurante sent her broodmare value soaring when she easily beat her rivals in today’s $100,000 listed PJ Bell Handicap (1200m) at Randwick.

A daughter of Australia’s reigning champion stallion Flying Spur, Espurante raced clear of her opposition late in the race on her way to an easy win.

The well related three-year-old filly was purchased from the draft of Ron and Debbie Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud for $260,000 at the 2006 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

Matthew Dale, foreman for trainer John O’Shea, said he gave Espurante a great chance in today’s race.

If you forget her last run when we tried her over ground her form was exceptional,” Dale said. “She looked very well placed.”

John just freshened her up and put her back to the 1200 metres.”

Dale was particularly pleased with the ride from former star South African rider Glyn Schofield.

Glyn rode her perfect,” he added. “He got her out and she attacked the line.”

We told Glyn to ride her just behind them and be patient and wait for the right time and she’s won nicely.”

Schofield was impressed with Espurante’s acceleration when required with a furlong to run.

We had a favourable barrier and we got a nice run on the back of the speed.”

I had to wait for a run coming up the rise, but it presented.”

I put her into a little gap and she accelerated and hit the line well,” Schofield summed up.

Espurante is one of five winners from the stakes winning Centaine mare La Rose Noir.

A winner of seven races, La Rose Noir hails from a family that includes other Australasian stars Glamour Puss, Rare Insight, Urbane, The Fatz, Crepe De Chine, Arenti and Giorgio.

Espurante’s earnings have shot past the $120,000 mark and her current value would be many times that.

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