Spir­its Aubeer weaves way­ward course home


PUN­TERS could be for­given for believ­ing Spir­its Aubeer was un­der the in­flu­ence when win­ning the $70,000 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Eller­slie yes­ter­day, but there is no deny­ing the tal­ent of the way­ward three-year-old.

The Nigel Ti­ley-trained son of Spirit Of Boom proved too good for his ri­vals, de­spite lay­ing out markedly in the home straight, and prov­ing a dif­fi­cult ride for win­ning jockey Rowena Smyth.

‘‘He’s quite green,’’ Ti­ley said. ‘‘He is still a pretty raw sort of horse, but he has just got so much abil­ity.

‘‘I said to Rowena I re­ally want you to lead if you can be­cause I think he is a bet­ter horse when they’re chas­ing him.

‘‘To­day is the first day that he has been able to get to the front and dic­tate. It was a great ride by Row. She rides him in work ev­ery day, so for her to win a group [three] race is great.

‘‘I don’t think he knows how good he is.’’ Spir­its Aubeer has now­won three of his six starts and­will likely re­turn to Eller­slie for the Auck­land Guineas (1600m) on New Year’s Day.

‘‘I don’t see whywe can’t stretch him out to amile.’’ The suc­cess re­warded the ef­forts of Smyth who rides track­work full time for Ti­ley.

‘‘That was great,’’ Smyth said. ‘‘He is a re­ally nice horse and the team at Nigel’s do such a good job with him.

‘‘He is not easy, but when he comes out and does that it’s worth the ef­fort.

‘‘He is such a big free-strid­ing horse that we thought if he got his own way in front, he would be re­ally hard to catch.’’ Smyth said she felt Spir­its Aubeer TR­ISH DUNELL would have no is­sue with a step up to amile.

Surely Sa­cred and Hyp­nos closed well from the rear of the field to fin­ish se­cond and third re­spec­tively but were never a threat to the win­ner.

Spir­its Aubeer wins the Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Eller­slie for jockey Rowena Smyth.

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