Flemington Win For Esprit de Bullet

Dec 24, 2013

John Hyam is shooting for the stars with Esprit De Bullet with the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes on his agenda after he overcame difficulties to win today’s Red Tempo Handicap at Flemington.

After Esprit De Bullet knuckled at the start and appeared to reluctant to race, the eight-year-old rallied to post his 12th career win.

Hyam said Esprit De Bullet, which has now won seven races for him in 14-months, would be freshened with the Group 1 Lightning Stakes as his first 2014 target.

He was effusive in his praise for the eight-year-old which has endured three throat operations.

“We’ll take him home for the Irwin Stakes then possibly take him to Brisbane for the winter carnival,” Hyam said.

Hyam admitted he was concerned after Esprit De Bullet, which eased from $2.80 to $4 equal favorite, knuckled after the start.

“He then accelerated really well and hit the line really strongly with 60 kilos,” Hyam said.

Vlad Duric said Esprit De Bullet scrambled out of the gates and with the scorching speed set by Fab Fevola he had doubts the gelding could recover his lost ground.

He said Esprit De Bullet could not go the early temp, but inside the 600 metres he could feel the horse building up momentum.

“From then on I knew I was going to finish the race strongly,” Duric said.

Esprit De Bullet scored by a long head from Fab Fevola, backed from $20 to $14 before starting $17, with Lady Of Harrods, $5, one and three-quarter lengths away third.