The win of Spirited Hero at Bendigo yesterday (20 May), in the rather appropriately named Bushranger @ Eliza Park Country Showcase (1000m), was victory No. 350 for Bel Esprit progeny.
A highly promising 3YO in the hands of Colin and Cindy Alderson, Spirited Hero has now won two of his four outings and, according to jockey Danny Brereton, should be very competitive at black type level.
Former Eliza Park manager, Brent Grayling, who bred and part owns Spirited Hero, concurred with the jockey’s view, saying that his 3YO (from the True Hero mare, Snow Hero) would race at Moonee Valley on 29 May before taking on the AR Creswick Stakes-LR at Flemington on 12 June.
At Bendigo, Spirited Hero got away slowly, but Brereton soon pozzied the 3YO near the front half of the field, only to slip past the leaders in the straight and win convincingly.
Meanwhile, the race was named in honour of 2010 addition to Eliza Park’s stallion roster, the Champion 2YO of England and France, Bushranger.