Macdonald and Gluyas produce Australian first

Dec 05, 2012

Leading Adelaide trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas broke new ground at Balaklava when Spiritof Endeavour easily won the Community Caterers Handicap (1400m).

The US-bred Spiritof Endeavour became the first progeny of Phillipines-based stallion Purge to win in Australia when she sailed to victory in the Rating 68 affair.

Spiritof Endeavour finished fourth to the smart Heart Of A Lion when resuming at Balaklava on November 21 but stripped much fitter for her latest assignment.

Stable rider Clare Lindop took the ride on Spiritof Endeavour, positioning the well-built entire on the leader’s heels in the early and middle stages before the four-year-old rolled into the race from the 500 metres.

Spiritof Endeavour joined the front-runner with 200 metres to run before his class showed over the final furlong of the event as the promising galloper drew clear to score by 2-1/4 lengths.

The lightly-raced prospect was eligible for easier races being a maiden but handled his rivals with ease in the $10,000 race, indicating better things are in store for him.

As for the sire, Purge won the Grade 1 Cigar Mile in 2005 while he was also successful at Grade 2 level in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga and the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont.

Spiritof Endeavour’s dam Well Hidden won three of her four starts in the US, including the Listed Island Fashion Stakes (1m) at Sunland in 2006, while the mare also finished second in the Listed Sunland Park Oaks (8-1/2f) in the same year.

Congratulations to Spiritof Endeavour’s owners - C J Doering, C E Chaplin, N Sanders, P S Pidgeon & Mrs M M Rejack Kerry O'Brien Thoroughbreds(Mgr K D O'Brien ).

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