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Heys wins with son of a gun

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A son of Bryce Heys’ best horse has broken his maiden at Warwick Farm.

Spieth.
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As the trainer of two-time Group One placegetter Spieth, Bryce Heys is well equipped to get the best out of the ill-fated sire's offspring and he has done exactly that with Warwick Farm winner Tamaroa

Spieth was agonisingly nosed out of victory in both the 2016 Darley Classic and the following year's Lightning Stakes before embarking on a stud career in 2018 prior to his sudden and premature death last year. 

Four-year-old Tamaroa was part of his first crop and while he might never reach the heights of Spieth, Heys said he was typical of his sire. 

"They just need a little bit of time. They're very immature like he was and very soft," Heys said. 

"Unfortunately, we lost him (Spieth) but we've got a couple. They show obvious ability but whether they're cut out for Sydney conditions because they need a lot of time, I don't know, but this fella here will hopefully win another one after this." 

Tamaroa had four starts at his initial campaign, including a fourth to subsequent Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Ozzmosis at Gosford in May. 

Heys said he had returned a stronger horse this time around and had been specifically set for Wednesday's TAB Handicap (1100m), given its status as a 'super maiden' and the resultant $100,000 prizemoney purse. 

He was ridden by Zac Lloyd, who found a beautiful trailing position behind the speed before bringing Tamaroa ($3.80) through the middle of the ruck to run down leader Te Pani  ($7) by three-quarters of a length with Ausbred Mimosa  ($7.50) doing her best work late for third. 

"The horse was prepped up and targeted this race here given the nature of the race," Heys said. 

"He raced without any luck and probably lacked a little bit of maturity physically last preparation and that cost us in the run a few times. 

"But he's come back a little bit improved, I thought his trials were really good and I appreciated Zac's ride today, it was outstanding." 

Lloyd had ridden Tamaroa in his two lead-up trials and expected a bold run provided he could overcome his sticky draw in barrier seven. 

"The barrier was a bit tricky but once the horse began well he put himself in a winnable position," Lloyd said. 

"Early on he was just struggling to relax in his races and he showed today that he can switch off quite well and probably get up to six or seven furlongs in the future, which will suit him." 

Lloyd made it a double two races later when leading throughout aboard Jason Attard and Lucy Keegan-Attard's outsider Luvoir, who he has now ridden seven times for three wins and two seconds. 


Racing and Sports

Warwick Farm

Wednesday, 06th December 2023

3
15:30
(local)

TAB HANDICAP

Age: 3yo and up WT: 54.0kg Type: MDN
AUD $100,000
1100m TURF GOOD
3
15:30
(local)
AUD $100,000
1100m GOOD

TAB HANDICAP

Age: 3yo and up WT: 54.0kg Type: MDN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 2. TAMAROA (AUS) 4yo G
SPIETH (NZ) - ZEZOLLA (AUS)
ZAC LLOYD
BRYCE HEYS
$3.8
58.5kg
M W O'Keeffe, Ms V J King, Ms T Blair, C R Hamilton, Mrs LA F Hamilton, R A Bradley, R Kennedy, WB Baars & C D F Massey
2nd 11. TE PANI (AUS) 3yo F
BETTER THAN READY (AUS) - DID YOU WINK (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$7
54kg
Odds On Look On (Mgr: K G Ramsey)
3rd 7. AUSBRED MIMOSA (AUS) 4yo M
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - BARINKA (NZ)
JAY FORD
BLAKE RYAN
$7.5
56.5kg
Ausbred No.1 (Mgr: C J Lawlor)
4th 1. ZARAGOZA (AUS) 4yo G
STREET BOSS (USA) - JEREZANA (AUS)
TYLER SCHILLER
JAMES CUMMINGS
$3.4
59kg
5th 8. RAVISHER (AUS) 4yo M
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - BEAUTY WORLD (AUS)
JASON COLLETT
CHRIS WALLER
$13
54.5kg
6th 9. ISTORIA GIRL (AUS) 3yo F
WRITTEN BY (AUS) - INTHENAMEOFLIBERTY (AUS)
A CALDER
LAURI PARKER
$151
54kg

Sales Information

7th 5. TARABEAU (AUS) 3yo G
BRAZEN BEAU (AUS) - TARABAI (AUS)
REGAN BAYLISS
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$3.75
57.5kg

Sales Information

8th 12. WINNING RUN (AUS) 3yo F
WINNING RUPERT (AUS) - BEXSTAR (NZ)
BEANY PANYA
MARC CONNERS
$201
51kg

Sales Information

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