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Spieth to fire in Stradbroke
31 May 2018

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 said.  

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 encouraging.

"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.