Promising colt Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) has passed his first test down the Flemington
straight, but trainer Bryce Heys and jockey Craig Williams are confident there
is improvement to come.
Sydney-based Heys was keen to try Trelawney graduate Spieth down the straight for the first
time in Saturday's Goulburn Murray Handicap (1100m) against his own age, and
the up-and-coming sprinter drew clear to defeat Lord Von Costa by
three-quarters of a length with the same margin to Rich Charm third.
It gave Heys, who started training about 18 months ago, his first Flemington
winner. He purchased Spieth from Trelawney's 2014 NZB Premier draft for $200,000.
But despite the victory, Heys said things didn't pan out how he had hoped
early in the race when Spieth, the $2.80 favourite, was unable to get cover in
the first part of the event.
And he insists the colt will be able to unleash a more effective sprint on
drier ground than the soft conditions he raced on.
"He had to overcome things today," Heys said.
"With all due respect to the quality of the opposition, it's probably
going to get harder for him from here. It got sticky there through the early
stages but he got the job done."
Craig Williams was able to find cover by mid-race on Spieth and then the
colt sprinted through to hit the front approaching the 100m to land his
third-straight win after victories at Kembla Grange and Rosehill.
"I think running on a soft track today just nullified that real burst
of speed that he does have," Heys said.
Heys will see how Spieth comes through Saturday's race but is keen to run
him again in the Listed Creswick Series Final (1200m) at Flemington in two
Craig Williams rode Spieth in his first three starts last spring, including
his seventh in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, and believes Saturday's
experience will help him heading to the Creswick Series Final.
"He showed signs that he's going to keep improving on his performance
today and the way he felt on and off the bridle throughout the race,"
"Most importantly when it counted late he was quite solid and strong.
"He a nice horse and potentially feels like a horse that could be
figuring in some nice sprint races over the spring carnival."
Watch Craig Williams' post race interview here