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. -racingpost.com