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Spieth to master Royal Ascot?
07 Apr 2018

Trelawney Stud graduate Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) is being seriously considered for the June carnival at Royal Ascot.

The five-year-old comfortably won an 800-metre jump-out under Damien Oliver at Flemington on Friday morning in another step towards his debut for his new stable Lindsay Park - most probably in next month's A$1 million Goodwood in Adelaide.

But co-trainer Ben Hayes said the stable were due to have discussions about a Royal Ascot appearance with Aquis Farm, who purchased the horse over his summer break.

"The plan at the moment - we have to talk with Aquis - is he'll probably head towards the Goodwood first-up and then have the Brisbane carnival as an option or he's also nominated to go overseas," Hayes said.

"Royal Ascot is an option. He's nominated in both the King's Stand and Diamond Jubilee so that's the dream and hopefully he's going well enough to go."

Spieth was a runner-up in the 2016 Darley Classic at Flemington and then the following autumn was nosed out of the Black Caviar Lightning when trained by Bryce Heys.

But Spieth is coming off a disappointing spring. He was runner-up to Redzel in the Concorde Stakes but failed to threaten in three subsequent runs in Melbourne before the stable change.

Hayes said that Spieth is an unassuming racehorse.

"He's a horse that gets the job done in the morning," he said. "He works well - not like a superstar but that's how he's always been.

"He's a lovely, big horse who is nice and clean-winded.

"He's been with us a couple of months now and his build-up has been good. His first trial was nice and today was his second trial and so he had a stronger trial.

"They went slow early and he settled at the rear before he worked through the field nicely and I thought was good on the line.

"We're really happy with the way he's going and on his trial today, it suggests he's going the right way." -racing.com