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Oh so close at Flemington
07 Nov 2016

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 well-deserved spell.

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.