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Spieth tunes up for final shot at Group One
02 May 2018

Smart Group One-placed Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) confirmed he was on target for a final racing campaign in Queensland with a Randwick barrier trial on Tuesday ahead of joining the Aquis Farm stallion roster later this year.

The five-year-old was purchased by a number of breeders headed by Aquis Farm after his last campaign in Melbourne as a stallion prospect and switched to the Lindsay Park stable.

Twice a runner-up at Group One level, Spieth will head to the Gr.1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) on 12 May after finishing third in heat two over 1050 metres yesterday, one and three quarter lengths behind Group One winner English (Encosta De Lago) and a neck behind Redzel (Snitzel).

On a Heavy 9 surface, Redzel led the trial under Kerrin McEvoy and coasted to the line while English under James McDonald came from second last to win the heat.

Spieth, who was ridden by Brenton Avdulla, settled in third and made ground on Redzel before English swooped out widest.

It was Spieth’s second barrier trial this preparation, having won an 850 metres heat at Tatura on 17 April by two lengths.

Ryan Roberts, who oversees Lindsay Park’s Randwick-based stable of ten horses, told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday that Spieth would derive plenty of benefit from his public hit out.

“Obviously he had had a trial in Melbourne that was against lesser opposition than today when up against probably the best sprinters in Australia, so we were really happy,” Roberts said. “He had a good blow afterwards, so he will improve fitness wise and the track was very heavy. He probably does like it a touch drier than what it was today.”

 Spieth, who was previously trained by Bryce Heys at Warwick Farm, has won five of his 16 starts including the Listed City Tatts Lightning (1100m) in October 2016. He has also been runner-up in the Gr.1 Darley Classic (1200m) and the Gr.1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m).

Roberts confirmed Spieth would head to Brisbane but said a tilt at the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) would not be locked in until after his first-up run.

“We’ll take it race by race, but he will head to the Doomben 10,000. Ideally, we would love to win a Group One to make him more valuable,” he said. “He will stay in Sydney until next Wednesday before he travels up to Brisbane.”

Spieth was purchased by Heys from Trelawney Stud’s 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock draft for $200,000. -ANZ Bloodstock News