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Resurgent Spirit set to equal Halwes record

03:16 AM 13 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Resaurgent Spirit storms past Rusty Red Comet in Sweepstakes final

STAR Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit is on the verge of matching a winning race record with Halwes, regarded as one of the greatest standardbreds of all time.


Resurgent Spirit captured the record of the most number of consecutive wins from debut when he notched his 12th win in succession in the 3YO Championship in Launceston early last month to overtake Dare We Dream’s record of 11 straight.


The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding will line up in a C1 in Hobart on Sunday night and from barrier two in a nine-horse field he should be able to roll to the front and give his rivals a pacing lesson.


If successful he also will take the record of the most number of consecutive wins in Tasmania of all classes that is presently shares by the great Golden Alley and Happy prospect that each won 12 in succession on home soil.


The gelded son of American Ideal was bred by his trainer-owner and given the ease with which he won a trial recently clocking a sensational last half he should be able to keep his unbeaten record intact, barring accidents.


The horse has gone from strength to strength this time in and he has been well looked after by his owner-trainer.


If there was to be an upset it could come from the Christian Salter-trained Vande Velde that has been racing well this time in with a first-up second to Resurgent Spirit in the 3YO Championship followed by a win in Hobart in a C0 and a last-start fourth in a C1 over 2200 metres in Launceston.


The following are statistics of winning sequences of some of Tasmania’s former stars compiled by historian Peter Cooley:


The performances of three year old pacer Resurgent Spirit in winning his first 12 starts, has bought up the question of who has been our best juvenile pacer in Tasmania.


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


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).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. He rounded off the season by winning   the Australian Derby at Gloucester Park


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.


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

Resurgent Spirit            12

Dare We Dream           11

Mi Coconut                  10


Consecutive Wins

Halwes             13

Resurgent Spirit            12

Happy Prospect           12

Halyer                          11

Cody Maverick            9

The Yank                     9

Another Shy                 8


Consecutive Wins in Tasmania

Golden Alley                12

Resurgent Spirit            12

Happy Prospect           12

Halyer                          9

By Peter Staples


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