Resurgent Spirit wins his first 10 starts

06:16 PM 13 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Resurgent Spirit and James Austin
Resurgent Spirit and James Austin on his way to another effortless win
Peter Staples Photo

THE performances of now three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit in winning his first 10 starts, has raised the question of which horse has been Tasmania's best performed juvenile pacer.

Resurgent Spirit took his consecutive tally to 10 when he emerged triumphant at his first start this season in Hobart last Sunday night.

The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding is only two wins away from the record of consecutive wins in Tasmania.

Dare We Dream created a big impression by winning his first 11 starts - four two year olds and seven the following season.

In all he won 14 of his 17 races and is the only Tasmanian bred pacer to win his first 11 starts.

The ill fated Cody Maverick did not win until his fourth start but then reeled off nine in a row before his tragic death at Bendigo in the 2008 Breeders Crown 2YO final.

The great Halwes won 13 in a row during his career , the last being the Tasmanian Championship final which he won from 48 yards (40 metres).

At his next start he lost on protest to Robin Dundee in Melbourne.

Golden Alley won his first 12 Tasmanian starts, although in that time he suffered three defeats in Victoria. At his 13th Tasmanian start he was defeated by Scott's Bay in a heat of the Tasmanian Championships.

Happy Prospect won 10 races as a two year old, with three defeats. .He won his last seven starts as a two year old and his first five as a three year old, a total of 12 in a row. He raced 21 times for 17 wins.

Prospect Star won a total of 20 races in his juvenile years, five as a two year old and 15 the following year.

Another Shy had 11 two year old wins (eight in a row) and won another eight as a three year old

Perhaps the best two year old the state has produced was The Yank. In the 1978 season he raced 12 times for 10 wins (nine in a row). Amongst his wins were the $ 15,000 NSW Challenge Stakes and the $ 10,000 NSW Saplings Stakes.

He also had two starts on Moonee Valley winning from 30 and 40 metres behind.

Mi Coconut won her first 10 starts in Tasmania and Victoria.

Halyer won four races from nine starts as a two year old, including his last two as a two year old. The following season he won his first nine starts before finishing second in the NSW Derby.

But at his subsequent start he won the Australian Derby at Gloucester Park in Western Australia.

It was harder for pacers that raced many years ago to string together a long sequence of wins.

The great stallion Our Globe won his two starts as a three year old, the following season he raced four times for as many wins including the New Norfolk Cup.

As a five year old he met his first defeat in a Sorell Cup, and then with only seven life time starts he contested the 1938/39 Inter Dominion at Launceston.

Our Globe defeated Springfield Globe in the first round of heats. He then defeated Globe Dorell in the second set of heats three days later but he was disqualified for six months when he finished unplaced on the third day of the Championships.

The two pacers he defeated on the first and second day ran the quinella in the Final. Our Globe resumed racing eight months later and won his first three starts.

Consecutive Wins from Debut

Dare We Dream 11

Mi Coconut 10

Resurgent Spirit 10

Consecutive Wins

Halwes 13

Happy Prospect 12

Halyer 11

Cody Maverick 9

The Yank 9

Another Shy 8

Consecutive Wins in Tasmania

Golden Alley 12

Peter Staples

 

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