2022 Bel Esprit Stakes Race Details

Race 9 at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday 23rd April 2022.

The 2022 Bel Esprit Stakes is held at the Caulfield Racecourse and is run over 1100 metres. It is a listed stakes race run under handicap conditions and the total prize money is $160,000.

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

2022 Bel Esprit Stakes Preview

Track: Soft  Weather: Fine

A race over 1100 metres where the focus is on Extreme Warrior returning off some very impressive performances to date. Jamie Kah is booked and it will take plenty of beating on resumption. There are plenty of dangers including the classy General Beau, consistent Curran and even Romancer at any old price knows how to surprise them fresh. It will be a cracking race and a hot tempo ensured.

2022 Bel Esprit Stakes Runner by Runner

1. Romancer (4)

Can win this at odds, especially given it did suprise fresh. Not out of this by any means.

2. General Beau (10)

Classy runner and certainly has to be respected on its formlines. Does enjoy Caulfield and Damien Lane has a great bond with the horse. Top chance.

3. Not An Option (5)

Good win first up but this is a lot harder. Does drawn nicely so keep an eye on the market

4. Sword Of Mercy (7)

Went well last start so has to be respected, good chance to be in the finish but has to step up to win this. Ran 3rd in this race last year.

5. William Thomas (3)

Gets the run of the race and enjoys the track but has not won for quite some time. He won this race in 2020. I would like to see a market push before considering.

6. Pandemic (1)

Best when fresh although its running pattern from barrier 1 may require a few things to go right. Nevertheless, has a good chance and especially while fresh.

7. Bless Her (6)

Has been a little hit and miss but flies at Caulfield and really appreciates this track and distance. Must be kept safe returning to the track and looks the value bet of the race.

8. La Mexicana (11)

Honest and knows how to win. Kah off who does ride quite often and onto Extreme Warrior which is a fair statement on its chances. Classy and $12 is slightly over the odds, it will be rattling home late.

9. Extreme Warrior (9)

Star of a horse with Jamie Kah is booked for its return. This is a winnable race and flies fresh. Deserves to be favourite and if the market agrees, likely to be too good for this lot. Should be heading to the front and will be the one to run down.

10. Inn Keeper (2)

Can’t have.

11. It’sourtime (12)

Knows how to win although hasn’t yet at Caulfield which is the slight query. 1100 suits and looks the main danger to the favourite.

12. Curran (8)

Always around the mark and does race well at the track. Should be in the finish despite the tricky draw & looks a touch over the odds.

Bel Esprit Stakes 2022 Tips

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

Bryce’s Tips
Jo’s Tips Lewis’ Tips
9 Extreme Warrior 11 It’sourtime 9 Extreme Warrior
7 Bless Her 9 Extreme Warrior 11 It’sourtime
4 Sword Of Mercy 2 General Beau 12 Curran
2 General Beau 3 Not An Option 5 William Thomas

Previews for other races this week

Group 3 R N Irwin Stakes 2022 (Morphettville 1100m)

Listed Redelva Stakes 2022 (Morphettville 1100m)

Listed Mick Dittman Plate 2022 (Doomben 1110m)

Listed Princess Stakes 2022 (Doomben 1640m)

Listed Tails Stakes 2022 (Doomben 1640m)

2022 Bel Esprit Stakes Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 9 Extreme Warrior
2nd 11 It’sourtime 0.75 length
3rd 12 Curran 0.85 length
4th 2 General Beau 0.95 length

The track was rated as Good 4.

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