It was a case of oh so close on Saturday at
Flemington with Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) and Mabeel (Savabeel x Ma)
running second in their high-class contests.
Ex-pat kiwi trainer Bryce Heys came
agonisingly close to his first Group One win with Spieth, who jockey
Brad Rawiller said should have won.
Heys was emotional post-race as he had to
accept defeat to Malaguerra who held off a late charge from Spieth
to claim the A$1 million Gr.1 Darley Classic
Speith, who Heys purchased from Trelawney
from their 2014 NZB draft for $200,000, struck traffic problems at a
crucial stage before storming home.
"He's a real high-quality horse and
he'll have his day in the sun," Heys said wiping away tears.
Spieth has now been turned out for a
Meanwhile Mabeel, who Cherry Taylor manages
for Deborah Ho, was having his second Australian start since relocating with
trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.
Despite drawing an awkward barrier he
jumped well and travelled nicely and looked the winner till Boom Time flew home
to win by half a length.