Plenty of Spirit in Tough G3 Victory

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Punters could be forgiven for believing Spirits Aubeer (pictured courtesy Trish Dunell) was under the influence when winning the group three Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday, 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, than he is when he is chasing the others.

"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 race is great.

"I don't think he knows how good he is."

Spirits Aubeer has now won three of his six starts and will likely return to Ellerslie for the group two Jamieson Park Auckland Guineas (1600m) on New Year's Day.

"I'd like to see him have a crack at the Guineas," Tiley said.

- article from NZ Herald