Day At The Track

Feel good story of Cup Day

03:55 PM 10 Nov 2015 NZDT
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Spirit Eclispe with Ricky May and Bill Bishop Spirit Eclispe
Spirit Eclispe with Ricky May and Bill Bishop
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Spirit Eclispe
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Spirit Eclispe
Harness racing gelding Spirit Eclispe doesn't have any idea of how lucky he is.
Seriously hurt in 2013, the six-year-old son of Jeremes Jet has had no expense spared in his recovery and all at no cost.
Veterinary surgeon Bill Bishop donated all his time and expertise and that resulted in Spirit Eclispe making a slow but steady recovery.
Nigel McGrath took over the training, again at no cost.
The reason for the huge generosity by both Bill and Nigel was the decision to give any stakes won by Spirit Eclispe in his second go at racing to the cancer charity, Ronald McDonald House.
Placed in his first couple of starts back, no one really expected Spirit Eclispe to beat a handy field of C1 pacers on Cup Day at Addington today.
Away well to trail the leader, he took the passing lane in the straight and to the roars of the huge crowd oncourse, held on for the win.
Driver Ricky May was as surprised as anyone.
“He got a great run and went to the front quite easily actually.”
“ He was getting a bit tired the last bit but it is a great result for everyone involved” Ricky said.
Bill Bishop was just blown away by the win.
“What a fantastic result, incredible that he has been able to win on Cup day.”
“When you start something like this you hope for the best but this is just unbelievable.”
“ I am having to pinch myself, it all seems a bit surreal,” Bill said.
The old saying that good things happen to good people fits the Spirit Eclispe story perfectly.
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