Bel Esprit Stakes 2023 Race Details

Race 6 at Sandown Racecourse on Saturday the 27th May 2023.

The Bel Esprit Stakes is a Listed race normally held at Caulfield but is being run at Sandown this year. Previously it was over 1100m but is being run over 1000m this year. It is raced under handicap conditions. The total prize money is $175,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Bel Esprit Stakes page.

How to pick a winner

Bel Esprit Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Clear

Nine runners have accepted for the $175,000 Bel Esprit Stakes to be run at Listed Level.  We get to see the return of Invincible Caviar here – the daughter of champion sprinter Black Caviar.  She has won four from six and is on the second line of betting behind Katsu who has returned in super order winning both starts impressively this campaign.  The South Australian visitor Taunting is the other horse under $10-1.

Bel Esprit Stakes 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Pintoff

Is a horse who has appeared to have had some issues over the journey but resumed for the new camp with a nice win this track and trip on May 6.  Will need to run to a new peak to be winning this.

2. Esta La Roca

Speedster who resumes off a short break.  Has a great record this track and distance (two wins from three starts).  Can run a place.

3. Sartorial Splendor

Is on the quick back up after a good run at Flemington last week at a price.  Maps for a nice run.

4. Taunting

Was a good winner at Oakbank two back, then not disgraced on very heavy ground at the Bool.  Jessica Eaton comes over from South Australia for one ride which indicates some confidence from her/ the stable.

5. Starry Legend

Drops 5kg on last run.  Think they probably try and kick up and hold the lead.  Not sure he’s going that well.

6. Invincible Caviar

First up.  Daughter of Black Caviar.  Has won four of six but this is clearly her toughest test to date.  Barrier 2 looks sticky.  Would have preferred her drawn out with more room to move.

7. Katsu

Resumed with a dominant win at Sale, then was heavily backed and won comfortably here last start.  Drops 4.5kg for this.  The Begg and Childs combo flying and he looks the one to beat.

8. Mouse Almighty


9. Prairie Fire

Underrated galloper but this looks a little tough.  Place at best.

Bel Esprit Stakes 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Lewis Oliver’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
7 Katsu 7 Katsu
1 Pintoff 6 Invincible Caviar
4 Taunting 2 Esta La Roca
2 Esta La Roca 1 Pintoff

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup 2023 (Eagle Farm 1300m)

Group 1 Queensland Derby 2023 (Eagle Farm 2400m)

Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2023 (Eagle Farm 1400m)

Group 3 Fred Best Classic 2023 (Eagle Farm 1400m)

Group 3 BRC Lord Mayor’s Cup 2023 (Eagle Farm 1800m)

Group 3 BRC Premier’s Cup 2023 (Eagle Farm 2400m)

Listed Helen Coughlan Stakes 2023 (Eagle Farm 1200m)

Group 3 Hyperion Stakes 2023 (Belmont 1600m)

Bel Esprit Stakes 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 1 Pintoff
2nd 5 Starry Legend 0.2 length
3rd 7 Katsu 0.3 length
4th 2 Esta La Roca 2.05 lengths

The track was rated as Soft 6.

Scratching: 8. Mouse Almighty.