THREE IN A ROW FOR ‘RUDY’ – TESTAMENT TO SPICER’S EUROPEAN YEARLING PROJECT

 

An exciting back half of the current racing season awaits lightly-raced northern hemisphere five-year-old Rudhyar, who stretched his winning sequence to three at Warrnambool’s meeting that was transferred to Coleraine on August 5.

Having just his fifth start, Rudhyar continued his progression through the grades by overcoming negatives to emerge an authoritative winner of a Bench Mark 70 event.

As Spicer Thoroughbreds prepares to make another foray into the European yearling market, Brad Spicer continues to be delighted with Rudhyar and Fueurmond, the first pair speculated upon in 2018. Trainer Lindsey Smith has brought them along patiently for a combined tally of six wins.

Smith is keen to stretch Rudhyar out to 2400m, but missing a race due to a distance change forced the trainer’s hand to saddle up at the tight Coleraine circuit when Warrnambool was deemed too wet.

“I didn’t think Coleraine would suit him but he needed the run and he will have another start before he is turned out for the spring,” Smith said.

“I think he’s time is early next year. He’s still immature and we’ll let him develop.”

Depending on the speed of his development, the Adelaide Cup in March or the Warrnambool Cup in May could loom large on Rudhyar’s program.

Internationally-regarded jockey Brett Prebble has forged an association with Smith and Spicer in recent months. Prebble travels to the south western district tracks to ride Smith’s horses in trials and has developed an affinity with the imported gallopers that grew up on Australian soil and acclimatised to our conditions.

“Rudhyar is a really nice horse, a progressive horse and he is going to make a really nice stayer,” Prebble said, adding the manner of the performance suggested it may be the makings of the horse.

“He will certainly be more street smart for it. He had to really earn his position on the home turn and really want it.

“He still floated all the way up the straight, never opened up at all. He’s still got a lot left under the bonnett. I haven’t felt it and you haven’t seen it. In six-months’ time he could be a horse we all know about.”

Smith is happy with the class of 2019 yearlings that are close to racing and believes it is only a matter of time before Spicer Thoroughbreds and the Smith stable enjoy feature success.

“Brad has got a good eye and he’s already had 10 Group 1 wins … hopefully the next Group 1 winner is in my yard,” Smith said.

Those wishing to learn more about the up-coming plans to purchase yearlings in Europe, contact Spicer Thoroughbreds for more details.

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.

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