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HOT NZ 3YO JOINS SPICER THOROUGHBREDS

As soon as Brad had watched the trial he knew that the Shooting To Win 3yo he’d just seen storm home from last was the right horse to buy for Australia.

And after the horse completed it’s first piece of work for new trainer Lindsey Smith it seems that he was on the money.

“Johnny got off and just said ‘wow, he’s a really nice horse,'” Brad said.

“He sat off a partner and just gobbled him up and that was his first piece of work since getting off the plane a week ago, he looks the real deal.”

A respected New Zealand contact had dropped us a note after watching the raw unraced gelding rip up late in a Cambridge trial and suggested that this horse might have the scope and class to measure up to a Queensland Derby campaign.

Having had great success with recent New Zealand trial purchases Our Wind Spirit, Saone and Lucky For All, this was an avenue that the Spicer Thoroughbreds team was keen to pursue and as the form started to work out from the trial the decision to buy the colt was an easy one.

“He’s got great strength about him and was a $260,000 yearling at Karaka Book 1 so he’s got the quality. The horse that beat him in the trial that day won its first start in New Zealand really well and then was close up in a Group 2 so the form is there too,” said Brad.

Group 1 runner-up and recent Bondi Stakes winner Kubrick has put Shooting To Win on the map along with 20 individual winners including the talented young horses like Shotmaker and Miroku ready to roll for the summer and autumn stakes races.

Keep an eye out as this boy will be named in the next week and won’t be far off making his debut.

To view his pedigree CLICK HERE

Hail, The King

5yo gelding, Mastercraftsman x Catch The Moon

Wise men say that only fools rush in, so Brad and the team took a patient path when they spotted The King racing in Ireland back in 2018.

Initially reluctant to part with the highly regarded son of Mastercraftsman, the horse’s owner agreed to a follow up offer from Spicer Thoroughbreds in 2019, and we’re glad he did. The horse has some exceptional form lines in 2018 and 2019 around horses like Southern France (G2 Zipping Classic winner), Downdraft (G3 Hotham Stakes winner), Mustajeer (Ebor Hcp winner), Magical (multiple G1 winner), Latrobe and Flag Of Honour.

“We tried a couple of years ago but couldn’t get him, so we watched and waited and tried again and actually got the horse at a much better rate the second time around – we were lucky and our timing was right,” said Brad.

“He’s a serious talent, Mick and I both think there is Group 1 potential there and his form suggests that. He’s been gelded and has had a quiet initiation to Australian life but will head to Lindsey Smith at Warrnambool in December.”

Races like the G1 Australian Cup and G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes could be on the agenda in 2020, and we’re so excited by what this fellow may be capable of once he gets into the groove Down Under.

To view his form click here

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Kings Will Dream wins Group 1 Turnbull Stakes

A triumphant return as Kings Will Dream wins the Turnbull Stakes

As race caller Matt Hill said on the line of Extra Brut’s charge to victory in the 2018 Victoria Derby, “He’s brave and he’s strong”, he could have repeated the same words for Kings Will Dream’s amazing victory in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

 

With young jockey Jye McNeil striving to get him to the line as Chris Wallers other runner Finche was inching closer by the metre Jye ensured he got him across the line in first place to deliver him his first Group 1 winner, as John Allen did with Extra Brut in last years Derby.
To add to that irony Spicer Thoroughbreds owner, Brad Spicer, was on a plane high above our great southern land on his way to the Tattersalls UK yearling sales hoping to purchase the next Kings Will Dream so could not be present to join in the euphoria that enveloped the mounting yard as he crossed the line in first place.

With his fantastic group of owners finally able to let their emotions run wild in public the back story to this incredible animals recovery from a life threatening pelvic injury suffered during the early part of last years Cox Plate was the centre of the media attention.

Only Brad and his loyal, loving and patient owners have been privy to the journey to firstly save the life of this amazing thoroughbred through his period of slow recovery and finally with the decision to put him back in to training with Chris Waller only after extensive vet tests cleared him totally of any residual signs of bone or muscle weakness in the affected area.

Brad would sincerely like to thank the Ballarat vets who tended him ensuring his life was saved, Laura who spent countless hours looking after him whilst he was boxed for months on end & then nursing him back to full health so he could be tested as a racehorse again, Darren Weir, his former trainer and his staff who looked after him in his first two Australian campaigns, Chris Waller, Jo Taylor & their training staff for bringing him back slowly & patiently to deliver the ultimate racing result, a deserved Group 1 win.

Finally Spicer Thoroughbreds rely on owners becoming friends and bringing new people to the business with this group doing just that, something we are grateful for and forever thankful.

With “Solomon” delivering in the Turnbull Stakes exactly what Brad believed he was destined for let’s all look forward to his next race day assignment to be publicly announced in a few days following a discussion between Brad and Chris Waller.