Resurgent Spirit to stake claim on Globe Derby

03:34 PM 12 Jun 2014 NZST
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Resurgent Spirit (James Austin) winning the colts and geldings 2YO Sweepstakes final.jpg
Resurgent Spirit (James Austin) winning the colts and geldings 2YO Sweepstakes final
STAR Tasmanian three-year-old Resurgent Spirit will make his ling awaited return to racing in a heat of the Globe Derby Stakes over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre (Race 5) in Launceston tomorrow night Friday).

Resurgent Spirit won his first 13 starts to equal Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins in Tasmania and he then stepped out in the Tasmanian Derby and had his colours lowered for the first time when third to Outrageous El and Lake Eyre in Hobart.

But he bounced straight back with a convincing win in Launceston three weeks later after which his trainer Roger Whitmore opted to freshen him up.

Whitmore then admitted this stable star had encountered a problem with brushing his knee but the farrier came to the rescue and last season's two-year-old of the year is back on track.

It would be hard to see any of the other six runners emerging triumphant if resurgent Spirit enjoys a trouble-free run in the race.

The remaining heat (race 6) looks a match between the Christian Salter-trained Vande Velde and last-start winner Hustler Halo from the in-form Dick Eaves stable.

There weren't enough nominations for heats of the Bandbox Stakes for three-year-old fillies but enough to program a Bandbox Prelude (race 2) that boasts a field of 10.

It looks an open race on paper but if Tania Maree from the Craig Hayes stable can overcome her outside second-row draw she is the one to beat.

Tania Maree has won seven of her 10 starts this season along with two seconds and a third.

By Peter Staples

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