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Spieth Tees Off At TJ Smith Stakes
10 Jan 2017Trelawney Stud graduate Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) was the name on the lips of many punters at the back end of the spring carnival and he’s set to make his mark over the autumn, with the A$2.5m TJ Smith Stakes firmly in his sights.

“He had a month off and is in the preliminary stages of his fast work now. We’d like to trial him at the end of the month,” Bryce Heys said of his stable star.

“The last 12 months he has been programmed as a four-year-old into the Sydney autumn. He’s a four-year-old stallion and he has furnished into a magnificent colt. We’re certainly happy with where he is at.”

The Thorn Park sprinter will kick off his campaign in Melbourne in mid-February before aiming up at what shapes to be a crack edition of the TJ Smith.

“He’ll run in the Lightning (Feb 18) and depending on what he did in the Lightning, the Newmarket, and if he proved himself in those two runs and is good enough to compete with the best of them, then we’d love to run him in the TJ.”

“I don’t want to be left with a horse that hasn’t had at least one or two runs before the TJ Smith because of the weather. You can’t win that race without having those necessary conditioning runs under the belt.”

“I think you’ll see a crop of sprinters through this autumn that are going to rate very highly. The three-year-olds, my horse, Mick Kent has Supido then you’ve got the older horses as well. It always is but it’ll be a great crop of sprinters for sure.”

Heys purchased Spieth for $200,000 from Trelawney's 2014 NZB draft, and then went to $190,000 in 2015 for his half-brother Travancore (Savabeel) who has had one win from three starts.

The yearling from Stella Livia will be offered through Trelawney's 2017 NZB draft, the ShamExpress colt will go through the ring as lot 431.  His pedigree can be viewed here