Synthetic shift no worries for Crystal Spirit

Dec 03, 2017

The shift to the Pakenham Synthetic surface made no difference to Crystal Spirit’s bid for victory in the Ladbrokes 3YO Maiden Plate.

Heavy rain across Victoria forced the shift of the meeting from a turf surface but Crystal Spirit had no trouble with the synthetic circuit, posting a determined success with jockey Ben Thompson aboard.

Crystal Spirit resumed from a spell in his $22,000 assignment but was always going to be hard to beat after his four previous seconds, including a couple in much tougher company at Sandown and Bendigo, before his break.

Thompson was able to make the most of barrier two giving Crystal Spirit a comfortable run behind the speed while the leaders contended with wind and a shower of rain up front.

Crystal Spirit tracked up behind the leaders on home turn before Thompson urged the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained gelding to quicken at the 400m.

Crystal Spirit took time to hit his top but a late surge was enough to get him home by a half-length for his first win at his fifth start.

“I was able to get him to the outside and keep things simple for him at the top of the straight,” Thompson said.

“I felt like he was always going to catch the leader but he went to lay in. I hit him with the left (handed-whip) and he got on with the job.

“His coat still hasn’t come out yet so there are bigger and better things in store for him and he’s definitely going to improve.”

Crystal Spirit was the latest winner for his dam Crystal Wit, who has done a super job at stud with six winners from seven foals to race, including his stakes-winning half-brother Crystal Dreamer and stakes-placed half-sister Fast Talker.

Crystal Wit was a stakes winner herself during her racing days and is a half-sister to Ellerton Zahra Racing’s Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily.

Congratulation to our great supporters at Hesket Bloodstock and to everyone involved with Crystal Spirit’s maiden win.