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Resurgent Spirit has C & G Sweepstakes at his mercy

05 / 05 / 2013 Article by: Peter Staples
Resurgent Spirit after his Sweepstakes heat win icon Click to enlarge

THE final of the Big Park Stud Sweepstakes for two-year-old colts and geldings at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart tonight (Sunday) should be just a matter of going around for highly promising colt Resurgent Spirit.

The Roger Whitmore-owned and trained gelding is unbeaten from five starts and his effort to win a Sweepstakes heat last Sunday week was highlighted by the fact that driver James Austin did not have to pull the ear plugs and he won by almost 10 metres without have to be fully extended.

Resurgent Spirit has improved at every start and given the ease with which he has dispensed with his rivals he would have to fall over to loose on Sunday night.

Resurgent Spirit has drawn gate five on the front line so if Austin so desires he can probably lead without fear of having to do too much work.

His main rival Chopstix Boris has drawn barrier eight on the inside of the second row so he is going have to rely on luck going his way and for the favourite to have an off night.

The Eric Jacobson-trained Rusty Red Comet has done a great job winning one and being placed second at his four other starts but even barrier three will probably not be enough to give him an edge over Resurgent Spirit.

The Barrie Rattray-trained Ercole flashed home to finish second to Resurgent Spirit in their heat and while he has drawn near the outside of the second row (11) the well-bred gelding could still sneak a place at big odds.