VETERAN trainer Tobie Spies has always been one to say, ‘you never stop learning in this game’, and while he’s been around the block in racing and breeding a few times, Monday’s Flamingo Park meeting brought a rare first, in an unusual respect.
It wasn’t a first treble for the Spies yard – they’ve had many of those – rather the first time they’ve sold a horse to a new owner, “in the winner’s enclosure”, and “before the all-clear was given”!
“We picked She’s So Sassi from Favour Stud and when there were no takers we decided to race her in my own colours, but recently we had one gentleman phone us a few times with interest in her. He liked her photo on the website and she ‘tickled’ him. But there is a difference between expressing interest and paying for a horse and until yesterday he’d only phoned with queries, he hadn’t taken the final step.
“We agreed that a final decision would be made after her first run at Flamingo Park yesterday. She’s So
Sassi lost her way a bit halfway through the race, she was green and running around but when she found her feet she mowed them down easily and won going away for Mathew Thackeray, she will win again.
“The best thing is that we have her sold now.
“My phone rang the moment she crossed the line and the new owner committed to the sale. He’ll have fun with She’s So Sassi, she’ll win again. I’m hoping we can do a few more deals like this. It’s amazing what the modern social media can do,” Spies laughed.
Owner David Makins, who returned to the Spies yard after the tragic death of trainer Leon Erasmus last June, enjoyed a Flamingo double when Pieces Of Gold (Visionaire, Thackeray) won Race 2 over 1000m and True Words (Byword, Jarryd Penny) bagged the feature race, the Kimberley 1400.
“Pieces Of Gold works well on our sand track at the Vaal and that’s normally an indication that they will like the Kimberley surface. True Words came into the feature race with the right merit rating and a handy weight and ran them off their feet, he is a gelding with some ability,” Spies commented.