Day At The Track

Resurgent Spirit keeps unbeaten record

01:16 AM 25 Jun 2013 NZST
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Resurgent Spirit
Resurgent Spirit

Tasmanian two-year-old gelding Resurgent Spirit kept his unbeaten record intact when he gave his harness racing rivals a pacing lesson in a heat of the Dandy Patch Stakes in Hobart last Sunday night.

Resurgent Spirit faced the breeze before forging to the front and then left his rivals in his wake as he strolled to an effortless win over Ektoras and early race leader Prisoner.

The race was run at a leisurely pace with the winner clocking a mile rate of 2.05.4 over the 2090 metre journey but the winner ran home his last half (800m) in 58.6 seconds.

It was resurgent Spirit’s seventh win in succession and he looks set to go on and win the final to go through the season undefeated.

The other heat winner Rusty Red Comet also was impressive and he too notched a pedestrian mile rate of 2.05.3 and ran home his last half in 59 seconds.

With Ricky Duggan aboard Rusty Red Comet made full use of an inside front row draw to lead and with nothing prepared to take him on, the Riverboat King gelding did what he had to do to win.

He hit the line five metres clear of Iden Mister Ed with Karalta Dazzler over 10 metres away third.

Both heat winners look set to fight out the final and neither have been put to the sword this preparation so it will be interesting to see which one has the star quality to win the last feature two-year-old race of the season.

Resurgent Spirit has yet to be fully tested but his driver James Austin is adamant the gelding has a gear in reserve that has yet to be called on in a race.

by Peter STAPLES

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