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Spieth Set For Flemington Start
Highly regarded 3YO Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) is set to make his next appearance in the Super Vobis Three-Year-Olds Handicap (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday. Trainer Bryce Heys has previously indicated his keenness to trial the talented young sprinter down the famous straight at Flemington as a preparatory run for the spring carnival in Melbourne. The progressive colt has posted stylish back-to-back wins including a last-start victory at Rosehill in which he unleashed 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. "I'm keen to see how he goes down the straight, all along this preparation I've wanted to take him to Flemington and Saturday looks the perfect opportunity," Heys told Racing.com. Heys has nominated Spieth for two races on Saturday but is favouring running him against his own age group. "Saturday will tell us a lot in terms of what we are going to do with him going forward," Heys said. "He has only had three runs this time in, he is still lightly raced and I wouldn't mind following on to the series final at Flemington two weeks later if he suggests he is up to it." A $200,000 purchase at the 2014 NZB 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 and dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor.