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Aquis Farm tees up stallion career for Spieth
18 Dec 2017

The Aquis Farm stallion roster in Australia is set to grow, as the increasingly important operation has bought high-class sprinter Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia).

A five-year-old trained by Bryce Heys, Spieth looked a horse on the way to stardom last season when he finished a short-head second in two Group One speed contests – the Darley Classic and Black Caviar Lightning.

However, he has failed to make as much of an impact in several runs since, with his best performance a runner-up spot behind Redzel in the Gr.3 Concorde Stakes at Randwick in September.

It is not confirmed whether Spieth will run again or be retired in preparation for his stallion career.

“There's no leaning either way at this early stage. We’ll give him a break and reassess from there,” Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath told Racing New South Wales.

“He’s an outcross, has speed and is an outstanding individual. He’s a ten out of ten physically and went within a lip of being a Group One winner.”

“Race credentials are one thing but physical presence is another and that’s what you want to see. If he produces yearlings that look like himself he’ll make a commercial stallion.”

Spieth is by the Spinning World stallion Thorn Park – also sire of champions Jimmy Choux and Ocean Park – out of winning Titus Livius mare Stella Livia.

Stella Livia is a half-sister to German Group One winner Ransom O'War from the family of high-class performers Charm Spirit, Russian Bond and Snaadee.

Heys purchased Spieth for $200,000 from Trelawney Stud's 2014 NZB Premier draft.