After two progressive performances on provincial tracks, exciting Spicer Thoroughbreds purchase, Tydeus, will get his chance to graduate to the metropolitan area on September 12 at Flemington.
Named after a Greek warrior, Tydeus has been all-conquering so far with a devastating victory in a Warrnambool maiden last month.
Then, when produced in midweek metropolitan standard bench mark 64 event at Bendigo, he had something in reserve and proved there was no element of fluke about his debut performance.
Orphaned at birth, his dam – Elsedina – having developed laminitis during her pregnancy, the son of Written Tycoon had a highland pony as a foster mother. The pony lost her foal but quickly took to her adopted.
The mild-mannered colt has attracted interest from Hong Kong. Brad Spicer has always been a fan of the three-year-old and conceded there is an emotional attachment.
Given the promise shown, Spicer has told those interested to buy Tydeus that it would require a more substantial offer to see connections part with the lightly-raced galloper
“We received a six-figure offer after he won a trial. The phone rang straight after the Bendigo win but he will continue to race in Australia for now.” Spicer said.
Bought for $50,000 at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale, Tydeus has already returned his purchase price.
Such is the regard Spicer, trainer Lindsey Smith and jockey Michael Rodd have for Tydeus that the horse will head to the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), provided he continues to please in his trackwork.
When he won at Warrnambool, Tydeus handled heavy condition but he was equally adept on a good surface at Bendigo.
,”He’s a beautiful horse to deal with and let’s hope he makes it all the way to the top,” Smith said.
Spicer Thoroughbreds unleashed an exciting prospect at Warrnambool on Thursday and the colt did not disappoint – Tydeus winning by a space, eased down.
Sent out an odds-on favourite at his race debut, Tydeus ran up to the ability displayed in jump-outs – the most recent at Casterton where he was pushed out to run time and win by five-lengths.
Jockey Michael Rodd and trainer Lindsey Smith felt the only thing that might deny Tydeus a first-up triumph was an extremely heavy track. They needn’t have been concerned.
Despite beginning slowly, Tydeus quickly mustered speed to lead on the rail. Rodd throttled down the relaxed son of Written Tycoon after gapping his opposition by five-lengths on straightening.
The winning margin of three-and-a-half lengths flattered the beaten brigade.
Brad Spicer bought Tydeus as a yearling at the Inglis Premier sale in Melbourne for “not a lot of money”. The correct colt with good x-rays had only one thing against him and that being he was lacking size.
`However, the lovely natured, neat colt grew and blossomed into a 16.1 hands high athlete.
“He’s a nice horse and it looks like he’s got his fair share of ability doesn’t it,” Smith said in a post-race interview. Initially the trainer wants to take Tydeus through his grades and see where he lands.