Resurgent Spirit won his first 13 starts to equal Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins in Tasmania before suffering his first loss in the Tasmanian Derby in April.
Last Friday night the-trained gelding was forced to do a lot of work early to retain the lead but as it was his first start for almost two months and coming off a knew injury he was exposed at the business end of the race.
Estevao came off a cozy run in the one-out-one-back position to finish powerfully to win by a long neck from Rusty Red Comet that faced the breeze for the duration with Resurgent Spirit weakening into third spot five metres away.
Estevao (x) is a half-brother to this year's Devonport Cup winner Devendra (x ) with the only other of the mare Queen Carey's progeny being Benediction (a full sister to Devendra) that won 19 of her 56 starts including multiple features at two and three.
Estevao is owned and raced in partnership by trainerand long-time stable client Ian Dunham who also raced last season's Easter Cup-Devonport Cup winner Biggernbettermax.
By Peter Staples