John and Joshua Dickie have done a sterling job to get Speeding Spur in to the Millionaires Club after two serious leg injuries.
Millionaire trotter Speeding Spur will not be at his peak, but will be ready to run a big race in the Cambridge Trotters Flying Stakes tomorrow night.
That is how co-trainer John Dickie assesses his charge ahead of the entire’s first start since running third at last month’s Inter Dominions.
“He will not be at his peak, but he is forward enough to run a very good race.”
Dickie said Speeding Spur has recovered well from his arduous Inter Dominion campaign.
“He had a week off after the Inter Dominions and he travelled back good. He always travels well.
“He seems good, he hasn’t trialled, but we are happy with his work.”
Tomorrow night’s feature will serve as the first stop on what will be a new style of programming for Speeding Spur.
The horse’s slightly below par, but still very respectable, third placing in the Inter Dominion Grand Final has shown the Dickie camp Speeding Spur needs time to get over his runs as his career goes on.
“The Inters Final was just one run too much.
“We were happy with him, but at the end of it, it was just a bridge too far.
“I think we will have to space his races now that he is a bit older and he has broken down twice.
Speeding Spur has shown brilliant form over sprinting trips this season, but Dickie does not believe that will lead to more change for the horse.
“Personally, I don’t think so.
“I really think it is more to do with him backing up.”
Tomorrow night’s Gr. 3 $30,000 feature will serve as a pointer as to whether Speeding Spur warrants a return trip to Victoria for the Great Southern Star next month.
The horse may not have to win to convince his trainers he is worthy of that trip as he faces a massive task from barrier eight under tomorrow night’s preferential barrier draw conditions.
That format sets up an intriguing contest with Temporale starting from barrier 7 and National Trot winner, Massive Metro, starting on his own on the second row. Drawing barrier 5 could be enough of an advantage to help The Almighty Johnson break his 19-race winless streak.
The Tony Herlihy-trained trotter led from barrier two when running second to Temporale in last month’s Cambridge Trotters Flying Mile.