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BEST LIES AHEAD FOR ASTUTE NZ PURCHASE SACRED PALACE

 

Sacred Palace, an impressive winner at Caulfield on Saturday (July 24), rounded out a meticulous plan drafted by Spicer Thoroughbreds, which purchased the three-year-old in early 2021 from New Zealand to target the winter months that form the back end of the Melbourne metropolitan season.

“We purchased him from Raffles Racing in New Zealand, who are great breeders and in fact raced Sacred Palace’s sire Sacred Falls, who was a dual winner of the Doncaster and Mile and a three-time Group 1 winner,” Brad Spicer said.

“He only had a handful of starts and showed good ability, but wasn’t switched right on in his races. He just needed the penny to drop. Trainer Lindsey Smith has done a great job working this boy out.

“It’s a real credit to that beach training set-up which has seen Sacred Palace improve all throughout his preparation. He’s been quite unlucky and could of easily won 4 races this prep, just his racing pattern has conspired against him.”

A get back, run-on type that really lends itself to needing clear running in the latter stages of a race, Sacred Palace illustrated his effectiveness when ridden that way at Caulfield by jockey Brett Prebble –content to cover ground so long as his mount could blend into the finish.

“He’s on an upward climb. He’s a really enjoyable ride, he travels strong and gives you a lovely kick when you want it,” Prebble, the beneficiary of regular rider Declan Bates’ suspension, said.

Spicer said Lindsey Smith will spell him now as he has had a long prep and get ready for his 4 year old season.

On The Couch – July 2021

LEADING THROUGHOUT DOES THE TRICK FOR ZOUDINI

GROWING UP IN THE LUCKY COUNTRY … AND WINNING

 

Spicer Thoroughbreds ventured down the path of buying Northern Hemisphere yearlings in 2018 to bring out to Australia and be reared in the conditions they will train and race in.

“I’ve been showing faith by investing in stayers at the yearling stage over the past three years (2018, 2019 and 2020),” Brad Spicer explained.

Rudhyar (above), a son o Sea The Stars, was purchased at the 2018 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale at Newmarket.

 

 

Feuermond (above) also went under the auctioneer’s gavel at Tattersalls in 2018, a son of Sea The Moon.

After the pair formed part of a winning treble for Spicer Thoroughbreds and clients at Geelong on July 2, Spicer will be delving into the Tattersalls’ catalogue for many years to come.

Feuermond made it three wins from only five starts and showed he has a future as a stayer once he matures.

“He has a great low head action and just wants to savage the line. Hopefully the German-born rising five-year-old by our time can continue raising the bar as we look to step him up in grade,” Spicer said.

Rudhyar has won two of his four starts, scoring at his first run for almost eight months, found to be shin sore after winning his maiden at Colac last summer.

Spicer acknowledged a super training effort to win first-up at 1740 metres by Lindsey Smith, who was very brave with his placement.

MARADONA KICKS A GOAL

 

He may not be as nimble-footed as his namesake but something Maradona does share with the Argentine striker is that he took a while to get fit.

“He has been a slow burn for trainer Kevin Corstens but Kev always had faith that when he got him out to a trip he would definitely win races and we saw that at Moe,” Spicer Thoroughbreds boss, Brad Spicer said.

Maradona’s first win came at his fifth start and his second attempt at the journey of the Benchmark 0-58 event.

“He just bounced through his last run. We expected a better showing but didn’t expect him to go that good,” stable representative Will Larkin said.

“He jumped well, there wasn’t much speed in the race and he was able to find a great spot. Putting him into the race that little bit earlier (approaching the home turn) helped. His fitness paid off and while he was just waiting for the horse to come again underneath him and then he kicked again, which is always a good sign.”

Maradona is by Dissident, who hasn’t done that well at stud but is now getting a few winners over a trip which is what most of them are looking for. The son of Sebring – who won the Group 1 All-Aged Stakes lowering the colours of Wandjina and Chautauqua on a slow track – also passes on the liking for a rain-affected track.

Now that he has scored, let’s hope he can go on with it.

LE DON DE VIE WINS WARNAMBOOL CUP

There is no more joyous scene than that of a large group of owners reveling in a moment of sheer bliss, generated when their horse is triumphant.

Brad Spicer has experienced the euphoria associated with victories at all levels under his Spicer Thoroughbreds banner.  With an eclectic group of owners that have won Australia’s richest races, they celebrated success with imported galloper Le Don De Vie in the Warrnambool Cup earlier this month.

“It was great to be a part of a good group to win the Warrnambool Cup with our import Le Don De Vie.  He certainly showed his class, carrying topweight, and treated his rivals with contempt, clearing out for a stylish win,” Spicer said.

“He was originally purchased with a Royal Ascot start in mind during their 2020 carnival but when COVID-19 hit and racing shut down in England, he was rushed out to Oz. He was a terrific second at his Australian debut in the Geelong Cup.

“His impressive win has now earned him a trip north for the Queensland carnival and he has now passed the ballot for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, which could come on the agenda with some natural improvement.”

Le Don De Vie will have two starts including the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

On The Couch – March 2021