Spiranac was in flying form at Bathurst on Sunday, winning the $80,000 Panorama Sprint, launching herself into the $1.3 million The Kosciusko at Royal Randwick on October 16.
The Rod Northam trained five-year-old settled nicely in the 1300m race for jockey, Mitchell Bell, and finished off strongly to win, holding off Ruthless Agent and Whatsin whilst doing so.
Spiranac’s connections were over the moon with the win and pleased to see the Magic Albert mare on course for a tilt at The Kosciuszko after being snapped up shortly after her victory.
“We are very excited and it’s something to really look forward too,” Northam said.
Surprisingly, Spiranac had to run well at Bathurst to secure her slot, with the ticket holder playing the waiting game before selecting the six-time winner.
“I only had one person ring about her, so I was basically negotiating with him, and he had a few other horses he was interested in, but she was on top of his list,” Northam said.
“He wanted to see her run well at Bathurst and obviously she ran well, and that got her in the race. I think (the phone call) came about 10 seconds after the race.”
Although run over the 1300m journey, Northam said Sunday’s Bathurst victory was the perfect platform to prepare for The Kosciuszko.
“We are very happy with her and how she went,” Northam said.
“The addition of visors had her a lot more focused and the way the race went, the tempo was just like a 1200m race, with quite a lot of speed and she was able to travel nicely, four or five lengths of that speed, before finishing strongly.”
According to Northam, the best of Spiranac is yet to come, with the Scone trainer believing his mare would be ‘peaking’ third-up in The Kosciuszko.
“That was always the plan. I wasn’t going to train her to get into the race and I think you can fall down doing that, I’ve been training her to win the race,” Northam said.
“She ran well first-up and it was going to take a lot of improvement to win the race at Bathurst, but she did, and she will be going into The Kosciuszko at her peak and I’m really happy with everything she has done.”
Spiranac is no doubt a class mare, having won six times from 14 starts, including the North West and Hunter Country Championship qualifier at Tamworth back in March before running seventh in the final when beaten by Art Cadeau.
All being fair, punters will be expecting the talented mare to be right in the thick of things come October 16 when coming up against the best country sprinters in NSW.