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Spartan Eagle Wins Alice Springs Cup
Seven-year-old gelding Spartan Eagle led throughout to win the Alice Springs Cup (2000m) at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory yesterday, recording one of the biggest winning margins in the race's history when surging clear of his rivals to score by 7.3-lengths, reports the Northern Territory News. The victory was special in more ways than one for jockey Scott Westover, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday. The young hoop also paid an emotional tribute to his late partner Caitlin Forrest, who was tragically killed in a horror race-fall at Murray Bridge last October. "I think I had someone looking down on me the whole day," Westover said. "She must have given me a birthday present that's for sure." He added, "It's always special to win your home town Cup. As soon as he hit the front I knew he was never going to be beaten." The Bob Richard-trained Spartan Eagle proved far too good for runner-up Pretty Blonde with Bolton in third. "This is where it all started for me," Richard said. "I got my first trainer's licence on the old racecourse here. I am just so happy." The Morphettville-based trainer, who co-owns the gelding, will take Spartan Eagle to Darwin for another tilt at the Cup in August.