Spend battles way into Flemington winners circle

March 8, 2020

Spendthrift Australia’s striking 2-year-old colt Spend (Snitzel), who fought tenaciously for third at his last start in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes at Caulfield, found his way back to the winners’ circle in the Nova100 Handicap Trophy at Flemington.

“He doesn’t like wet tracks and he’s been messed around a little bit, but anytime you win a race at Flemington is a good day,” said trainer Wayne Hawkes. “He’s always shown a stack of ability and it was nice to get the job done.”

Spend (Snitzel – Walk With Attitude)

Jockey Dwayne Dunn had Spend jump from the barriers keenly to co-lead the field at a steady pace. Ridden under a hold to the 300m mark, he then stretched out in front to win well by three-quarters of a length.

“He was keen, and we probably didn’t go that quick early,” commented Dunn who spoke of the colt highly. “He’s a beautiful individual, a lovely type and hopefully he finds his way to the stallion barn.”

The Flemington win was Spend’s second career victory, adding to his debut performance in the Everest 2YO Carnival Handicap at Rosehill over less favourable wet track conditions.

With the strong build and high-class looks he possesses like his sire Snitzel, Spendthrift Australia went to $1,550,000 to secure the Milburn Creek offering at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Being out of Listed Hybrid Plate winner Walk With Attitude (Hussonet {USA}), a daughter of the Listed Desirable Handicap winner Hillfa (Danehill {USA}), Spend is bred on the same Redoute’s Choice x Hussonet cross as dual Group 1 winner Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt), Group 2 winner Gunnison (Not A Single Doubt), and Group 3 winner and Group 1 placegetter Pariah (Redoute’s Choice).