Trainer Bryce Heys won't be offering up any excuses should Newmarket
Handicap favourite Spieth be beaten at Flemington.
While the weather in Sydney hasn't hindered Spieth's preparation towards
Saturday's Group One race, Heys admits it hasn't been ideal.
Then there's the 55.5kg for the non-Group One winner with the final straw
being barrier one in the 13-horse field with Heys admitting he would have
preferred a wider draw.
But Heys is happy with Spieth's condition ahead of Saturday's race as the
four-year-old chases his first Group One win.
Spieth has been narrowly beaten at his past two starts, both at Group One
level, the latest in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 18.
Heys took the four-year-old back to Sydney after that run to the comforts of
his home stable.
"The reason I did that was because of the three weeks between
runs," Heys said.
"If it was two weeks I would have left him down there.
"I just think he's a happier colt when at home and he knows where home
Heys said the wet weather had not interfered with Spieth's preparation.
The trainer says Spieth has been weighted on potential and understands that
he sits between Buffering (54.5kg) and Chautauqua (55.5kg) when given his 55kg
Like Spieth, Buffering and Chautauqua were beaten in the Darley Classic, and
failed to win the Newmarket the following year which, for Heys, makes Spieth's
weight fractionally high.
Weights were raised half a kilogram on Wednesday when topweight Chautauqua
was not among the acceptors.
"Buffering and Chautauqua are as good a generation of sprinters we have
seen outside of Black Caviar and Hay List," he said.
With barrier one Heys said it will be up to Hugh Bowman to find the most
economical run and then get into clear galloping room at the appropriate time.
Heys says he's got Spieth in perfect order and the narrow second in the
Lightning to Terravista had brought him on fitness-wise.
"We've got a fit and healthy horse that performed well in the Lightning
which traditionally is a good lead-up race for the Newmarket," Heys said.
"I've done my job and the rest is now up to Hugh." -AAP