|Shaye Spice has ended the Moonee Valley scene on a high by sweeping
away with the clubs Horse of the Year award after trouncing her rivals in the
Dominant Better Solutions Sprint (1200m).
Oliver in the saddle, the Leon Macdonald trained mare proved too classy for her rivals and
was given a Group One recommendation by her winning rider.
Oliver, who has had the Melbourne riding premiership
wrapped up for over three months, felt the mare could be up to Moonee Valleys
feature sprint race in the upcoming Spring Carnival.
"Youd have to think she would be a chance in a
race like the Manikato Stakes," Oliver said. "She seems to love it here and it
looks a nice race for her."
A daughter of Dolphin Street, Shaye
Spice is likely to race next in stakes class as her top form continues in Melbourne.
"Her next start will probably be in a listed race over
1200 metres at Caulfield on the 24th of August," Macdonalds
Melbourne foreman Andrew Noblet said. "She likes her runs spaced, and she deserves
her chance at stakes class."
Shaye Spice ($2.25-$2.80-$2.60 fav) has now won three of
her past four starts, all at Moonee Valley, while she other run she finished a fighting
second to the in form Aragonce a fortnight ago.
Points were awarded during the season for each time the
horse started at Moonee Valley. Every time a horse ran at the track they were awarded one
point. Winners received 10 points, runners-up five, third placegetters four, fourth placed
performers three and fifth placed horses gained two points.
The owners of Shaye Spice, former Adelaide Magic Millions
Manager Rob Monsma and Steve Thompson, have won a unique $2,500 trophy plus a dining
package for six in the Dining Box.
The presentation for the
Moonee Valley Horse of the Year as well as the Jumper of the Year will take place on
August 17, the first meeting here in the new season.
Meanwhile, Noblet also reported that the stables
exciting two-year-old prospect Great Glen was due to resume soon, along with proven stable
stakes winners Li Lo Lill and Eagle Rhythm.
"Great Glen will have his first up run in the Wylie
Handicap in Adelaide," Noblet said of the unbeaten runner who is being aimed toward
the Ascot Vale Stakes in Melbourne.
Noblet also reported that the high class staying prospects,
and rising four-year-olds, Eagle Rhythm and Li Lo Lill are back in work and getting close
"Were aiming both of them toward the Cups,"
HORSE OF THE YEAR POINTS
Shaye Spice 69
Soviet Draw 51
Mrs. Bently 34
Blue Wina 33
Gala Chief 31
Pindi Ridge 30
My Lavinia 29
Badgers Wood 25
Dandy Kid 25
Dark Wine 25
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