Aurum Breaks Through at Flemington
Dec 12, 2016
What a warrior Aurum Spirit has been for the stable, the eight-year-old campaigning honestly year in, year out and on Saturday rewarding his loyal supporters with a terrific win in the Urban Maintenance Handicap at Flemington on Saturday.
Remarkably it was the gelding's17th start at Flemington and his first victory - but it is a track on which he has always raced well, featuring in the placings on three occasions.
"He likes it here," said the stable's Don Healy, "he gets plenty of room."
A horse whose get back and run on racing style requires a fair amount of luck, Aurum Spirit was nicely ridden by apprentice Beau Mertens who did not panic when the bay lost his midfield position around the back.
A fair way off them at the top of the straight, Aurum Spirit was given time to find his feet and once hooked out into the clear he really charged, wearing down the leaders in game fashion despite drifting out markedly over the final stages.
"It is always very special to win on this horse," Mertens - whose first metropolitan win came aboard Aurum Spirit - said, adding that he is a horse who "really puts in at the end."
"He has been such a consistent horse," Don Healy said, "he runs a good, honest race every time."
A eight times winner of over $337,000 in stakes, Aurum Spirit has won eight of his 77 starts (four of those wins coming this year) with a further 25 placings to his credit.
Bred by the Tobin family, Aurum Spirit hails from the prolific "draw" family from which they have breeding for generations. His half-sister Gold Fontein her maiden last week and his city winning dam Lakemba Gold foaled a Reward For Effort filly early last month.