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 traineropted 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-trained Vande Velde and last-start winner Hustler Halo from the in-form 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 thestable 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