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Spring Beckons For Talented Spieth
Meanwhile, fellow Karaka sales graduate Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) is likely to have one more run in Sydney before being spelled to prepare for the spring carnival in Melbourne. The highly regarded 3YO continued on his upward trajectory when scoring a stylish win at Rosehill on Saturday, unleashing a brilliant turn of foot reminiscent of his ill-fated sire Thorn Park to score by 1.8-lengths in a benchmark 78 over 1100 metres. Spieth gave a glimpse of his potential when finishing 7th (beaten 1.7 lengths) in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude in September, and his trainer is once again eyeing a southern campaign in the spring. "He's a talented horse who has been progressive this season," Bryce Heys told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "It was important that we brought him back to his right grade in his last two outings because he is improving with racing and he needs to learn what its all about. He's slowly getting there." Heys added: "Ideally he will run at Randwick in three weeks on 11 June in either a restricted race or the June Stakes...we will see what plays out in the next couple of weeks." Heys said Spieth bears a striking resemblance to his Gr1-winning sire and is hoping he can scale the same lofty heights. "He was bought because he was a spitting image of his father. I worked at Windsor Park when Thorn Park first retired there...this colt is very similar, so hopefully he can get to the grade that his father did," he said. "Melbourne came too soon for him last season. Ideally we would love to bring him back down to Melbourne and give him a chance to run down the straight at Flemington." A $200,000 purchase at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, Spieth is a direct descendent of the Chop Chop mare Ciboulette, dam of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche. This is the family of former champion Australian sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago, dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor.