Day At The Track

Resurgent Spirit clinches record

09:58 AM 03 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Resurgent Spirit (James Austin) holds out Metro Digby (Paul Williams) in 3YO race.jpg
Resurgent Spirit (James Austin) holds out Metro Digby (Paul Williams) in 3YO race

STAR Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit broke another record when he powered his way to victory in the 3YO Championship over 2200 metres at the TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night.

Resurgent Spirit went into the race unbeaten from 11 starts that was equal to Dare We Dream's record of 11 consecutive wins from debut.

The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding equalled that record by winning at New Norfolk on Australia Day in front of his home crowd for the first time.

Dubbed the "Pride of the DerwentValley" after that win with local residents lining up to have their photograph taken with the gelded son of American Ideal.

His effort to win at New Norfolk was outstanding but this latest effort superseded the New Norfolk win.

Driver James Austin was content to allow Resurgent Spirit to ease to the rear of the field from his outside front row draw (7).

Vande Velde began brilliantly from the gate to lead from barrier six but when Metro Digby (Paul Williams) appeared and looked for the lead the driver of Vander Velde, Rohan Hillier, was happy to hand up.

But when the pace slackened slightly Austin set his charge alight and Resurgent Spirit crept around the field to eventually face the breeze.

When Williams gave Metro Digby more rein his horse slipped clear and at one stage Resurgent Spirit looked to be struggling but star three-year-old was only kidding and when Austin pulled the ear lugs for the first time in the horse's racing career the gelding knuckled down to his task and swept to the lead close to home and won with authority.

He ran the 2200-metre trip in 2m.46.7s for a mile rate of 2.01.9 but ran home his last half mile (800m) in 57.6s

Resurgent Spirit is now set to chase down the great Halwes' record of 14 consecutive wins in Tasmania.

By Peter Staples




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