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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.
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.