Is Audacious Spirit the best maiden in Australia?
When Bel Esprit 2YO, Audacious Spirit, made his debut on 24 April with a promising third over 1000m at Eagle Farm, Gillian Heinrich must have had a fair opinion of the run given that she entered the colt for the Ken Russell Stakes-LR at the Gold Coast a fortnight later.
Audacious Spirit duly ran fourth and was next sighted on 14 June when beaten a head at Doomben in the Dalrello Stakes-LR over 1200m.
Yesterday he was caught midfield with 400m to go but unleashed a devastating burst to finish just over a length from the winner in the Australia Post Stakes-LR.
So, four runs to date – all in the city – three at stakes level for a third, fourth, second and third.
Surely, he’s Audacious enough to win soon!
A three quarter brother in blood to Bel Esprit Group winner, Vivacious Spirit, Audacious Spirit is out of the Zeditave mare, Roskeel, was bred by Robert Harding and sold by Eliza Park to Heinrich Racing (at the 2009 Melbourne Premier) for $70,000.