Spieth's (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) racing
campaign is back on track with his co-trainer David Hayes declaring the
enigmatic entire one of the toughest to beat in Saturday week's A$1.5 million
Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben.
After running fifth in
the Doomben 10,000 at his first start for six months and his first for Lindsay
Park, hopes were high that Spieth could win his first race for 18 months in
last week's Kingsford Smith Cup.
But a slight hoof
injury saw him spend last weekend at home in his box.
"I went up to
Aquis (Farm in Queensland) this morning and his action is perfect," Hayes
Spieth's racing career
was at the crossroads when he was transferred from the stable of Bryce Heys to
Lindsay Park after a spate of poor form but Hayes said that the Group One-placed
sprinter's first run for the stable in the Doomben 10,000 was more than
"We thought his
run was nearly as good as Impending and he came out and did a fantastic job on
the weekend (winning Kingsford Smith Cup) so I am sure on Stradbroke Day, he
(Speith) will be one of the horses to beat," Hayes said.
Hayes said he was
fortunate that the horse's owner Aquis Farm on the Gold Coast had ideal facilities
to recuperate Spieth, who was one of 30 first acceptors on Wednesday morning
for the Stradbroke.
"He was able to
go on the water walker and the fantastic facilities at Aquis really helped us
so I don't think he's lost much fitness," Hayes said. -racing.com