Spend opens career on winning note at Rosehill

July 13, 2019

Spendthrift Australia’s 2-year-old colt Spend (Snitzel) overcame a less than ideal lead-up programme to claim victory in the Everest Carnival Handicap at Rosehill on his first visit to the races yesterday.

While Spend had not been sighted in an official trial since his win in March as the Rosehill trials last Friday were washed out, jockey Tommy Berry had him leave the barriers well to settle in fifth position.

“He jumped really well and when Tommy asked him to come back to him he did and that’s a sign of a nice horse,” commented trainer Michael Hawkes who trains in partnership with John and Wayne Hawkes.

“To be fair he didn’t like the track at all and was under a lot of pressure 600 or 700 metres from home and you could see him dipping and diving.”

Spend made his bid 200 metres off the post and finished a short head in front of True Detective (Shamus Award) who was resuming after a debut success.

“I was under pressure and wasn’t really going anywhere, and I gave him a couple at the top of the straight and then went back hands and heels,” said Berry. “He picked them up quite easily then.”

“He’s only had a couple of jump-outs this preparation so it’s all ahead of him. He’s still a bit raw at the moment and he’s a nice colt going forward, but he’s still got to prove himself.”

Spendthrift Australia purchased the son of Snitzel at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, parting with $1,550,000 to secure the Milburn Creek offering.

Spend is out of Listed Hybrid Plate winner Walk With Attitude (Hussonet {USA}), a daughter of the Listed Desirable Handicap winner Hillfa (Danehill {USA}).