Day At The Track

Resurgent Spirit equals record

02:42 PM 27 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Resurgent Spirit strolls to the front a lap out at New Norfolk.jpg
Resurgent Spirit strolls to the front a lap out at New Norfolk
Star  three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit moved a step closer to owning the record of the most number of consecutive wins from debut when he accounted for a handy field of three-year-olds at Kensington Park at New Norfolk today (Sunday).

Resurgent Spirit went into the race undefeated from 10 starts and needed another win to draw level with Dare We Dream, that held the record for the most number of consecutive wins from debut.

The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding was sent out a long odds-on favourite starting at the prohibitive price of $1.20 but he was forced to do a lot of hard work early from his second-row draw.

Major Callum led with Stonor Rainbow at his wheel and they set a solid tempo but when driver James Austin eased resurgent Spirit three-wide to improve 1000 metres from home it started a frenzy to find the lead.

Stonor Rainbow forged the lead and when Resurgent Spirit loomed to take over the driver of Metro Digby (Paul Williams) burst through to keep the favourite three-wide and on a limb as they greeted the bell.

Resurgent Spirit found the lead with Metro Digby settled on his back with a trail for the last lap.

Austin called on his charge to extend turning for home the last time but when Williams eased Metro Digby off the fence to challenge he looed set to causer an upset.

But when Austin called on resurgent Spirit to respond he dug deep when it counted a maintained his advantage over the final 100 metres.

Whitmore was elated and relieved after the race.

"It is quite nerve wracking when you have a horse unbeaten and trying to rewrite record books," Whitmore said.

"I don't have any expectations of him but there are expectations from punters and those who just want to see him keep winning."

"I was very proud of him tonight the way he found that bit extra when he needed to in the home straight," he said.

Whitmore said Resurgent Spirit would attempt to set the record of 12 consecutive wins in the 3YO Championship in Launceston next Sunday night.

By Peter Staples




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