With six horses in work, Bryce Heys wants to make sure exciting sprinter
Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) and his little brother Travancore (Savabeel) have every possible chance to win at
their first outings in Listed company.
The 30-year-old trainer will wait until the barrier daw for Saturday's
Lightning at Randwick over 1100m before deciding whether to accept with Spieth who he purchased for $200,000 from Trelawney's 2014 NZB draft.
"I'm not going to run him if he draws the outside," Heys said.
If Spieth runs, it will be his first start since he was sent down the
Flemington straight in a three-year-old open handicap in June with an eye to
He won despite making mistakes, flagging his future potential.
The now four-year-old's physical development has shown his transformation
from colt to stallion, Heys said.
"He's always been a large horse but naturally with any horse, three to
four is when they really are coming into their adult years," he said.
Spieth holds a nomination for the Group One Darley Classic (1200m) on the
final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Other straight-track options at Flemington include the Group Two Linlithgow
Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day.
But Heys is reluctant to earmark a target until Spieth proves he deserves a
trip to Melbourne.
"If he can't run in the first three on Saturday there's no point going
south," Heys said.
And he is confident the horse will prove himself in the Lightning.
"I was desperate to run him over 1100 metres first-up and I think it's
a natural step up for him," Heys said.
"It will be a tough race but it's a natural step and a step that he can
Spieth has opened the $4.60 favourite in the TAB's early market with the
Hawkes Racing-trained Kaepernick and Gerald Ryan-trained Kinglike sharing the
second line of betting at $6.
Boss Lane, Brook Road, Inz'N'Out and Sarajevo are all at $11.
Heys said Spieth's half-brother Travancore. who was purchased for $190,000 from Trelawney's 2015 NZB draft, would also need to draw a decent
barrier to take his place in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes.
Travancore dug deep to win a maiden at Newcastle at his second start on
"He's still a bit new and raw and I don't know if he's a top level
horse but he'll be a nice horse next year," Heys said.
"He'll definitely be a Brisbane winter horse."
It will be a tough step up in grade for Travancore, with El Divino, Guard Of
Honour and Hair Trigger among the 17 nominations.