Deserved win for Aurum Spirit

Jan 25, 2016

It is never easy for get back and run horses like Aurum Spirit to win races - hence it had been a while in between drinks for the seven-year-old who found the line so well to salute at Sale on Sunday.

Four times in the placings since his last win in the spring of 2014, the son of Bel Esprit is, says rider Ryan Maloney "a bit of a thinker" but he is often in races just not run to suit backmarkers.

As usual drifting back to the rear at Sale, Aurum Spirit began his run from before the turn, hooking out widest into the straight and wearing down his rivals - hitting the lead close to home and getting clear by half a length very late.

"We are very glad that he finally got there!" said the stable's Jade Matthews, adding that "he is just one of those tricky horses who gets back and needs everything to go his way; that's just him."

Maloney agreed - "he doesn't like being told what to do but when the race is run the right way for him he put his head down."

"He travelled very well today and when I asked for his effort he quickened easily and put them away."

A five times winner (and 20 times placed) of over $220,000 in stakes, Aurum Spirit has been a great horse for his owners Barbara Gallaher, Barry O'Keefe, Darryl Cartwright, Dario Licheni, Colin Pascoe, the Satdaynitespecial Syndicate, Peter McNamara, Flying Eleven and The Venitians.

A son of one of our favourite stallions Bel Esprit, Aurum Spirit was purchased at the 2012 Melbourne Premier for $60,000. Bred by the Tobin family, he is out of the city winning mare Lakemba Gold who was served last spring by Reward For Effort having produced a Written Tycoon filly in late October.