Yarra Boy, an astute purchase from across the Tasman, reaped a quick return for his owners at Ballarat and will be elevated to metropolitan midweek competition at Sandown on April 5.
“It was terrific to see our private purchase off the New Zealand trials do what we had hoped, plug straight into the Lindsey Smith training regime and go bang at his first start,” an exuberant Brad Spicer said.
“He’s only been in Australia for around six to seven weeks and the team have done a great job to get him winning at his first time out.”
Champion jockey Damien Oliver, who had a tremendous affinity with Spicer Thoroughbreds’ favourite Commanding Jewel, joined forces with Yarra Boy and was glowing in his praise.
“It was great to see one of the all-time greats do the steering and that might have made the difference in a hard slog to the line on a very heavy track,” Spicer said.
“He is a horse with a great deal of ability and I am sure when he gets to 1400m and further he will be even more prolific. Ollie said he will have no trouble going through his grades.”