THE Bendigo Bank Spirit’s successful season has won over plenty of fans this summer, but none more so than leading Bendigo horse trainer Shaun Dwyer.
Dwyer, the trainer of Golden Slipper Stakes hopeful Villa Verde, has donated a share in his three-year-old filly Shy Girl to the Spirit.
“My wife Geraldine and I love getting to the Spirit games,’’ Dwyer said yesterday.
“We took out a small sponsorship with the Spirit and I was thinking of something else I could do to help out. Geraldine and I own Shy Girl and I thought it would be interesting to give the Spirit a racing percentage of her.
“If Shy Girl goes well it’s a nice bonus for the Spirit and for us.”
Shy Girl finished well down the track at her only race start last May, but Dwyer is expecting improvement when she steps out in race two at today’s Marong Cup meeting at the Bendigo Jockey Club.
“You can’t take too much notice of the first run,’’ he said.
“She needed time to mature, so we put her in the paddock for six months.
“She’s no superstar, but she goes nicely. She’s fit enough to run well at Bendigo and she’ll improve from the run.”
Spirit chariman Jeremi Moule said the club was overwhelmed by Dwyer’s generous offer.
“We are looking forward to having some additional horsepower in the team,” Moule said.
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