Resurgent Spirit finds winning form

08:32 PM 17 Jul 2014 NZST
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Resurgent Spirit (James Austin) winning the colts and geldings 2YO Sweepstakes final.jpg Resurgent Spirit (James Austin) returns to winning form in Breeders Crown heat in Hobart.jpg
Resurgent Spirit (James Austin) returns to winning form in Breeders Crown heat in Hobart
CLASSY Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit returned to winning form in Hobart this week with an all-the-way victory in a Breeders Crown heat over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart.

It was his first run since failing in the $30,000 Globe Derby final in Launceston at the end of last month but he did it with consummate ease.

Resurgent Spirit was having his fourth start this time in and made every post a winner with an ell-the-way win over Animi Sub Ignis and Le Premiere.

The Roger Whitmore-trained three-year-old equaled Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins (13) in Tasmania when he won a C1 in Hobart in March but his winning run came to an end when he resumed from a spell with a third to Estevao in a heat of the Globe Derby.

With only that run under his belt he went into the Globe Derby final underdone and that showed when he was forced to work three-wide before being sent up to face the breeze for the last 1400 metres.

The gelding understandably weakened to finish sixth but still only 4.1 metres from the winner Chopstix Boris that rattled home from last to win in the last few strides.

"Had it not been a $30,000 race I probably wouldn't have contested the race (Globe Derby) but we did and the horse did an exceptional job under the circumstances.

"We had a couple of little problems to iron out when he came back into work but the most pressing was him hitting his knee and it took us a while to finally sort it out."

"The shoring was changed and when I changed his showed last week they were both worn down evenly on the front so that was pleasing."

"He loafed a bit in front at this latest run but he worked home his last half in good time, in fact his last 1200 metres equated to a mile rate of 1.57.7 so I am happy with that effort," he said.

Whitmore said a decision on whether or not he takes his stable star to Melbourne co contest the Breeders Crown 3YO colts and geldings semi-final will depend on how he gets through his assignment in a C3-4 in Hobart on Sunday night.

By Peter Staples

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