Springvale Pair Race Into St Leger Mix

LITTERMATES Springvale Maddi and Springvale Max give Gavin Harris and Cherylee Barber their best chance of winning a SA St Leger at Angle Park.

David Brasch

14 February 2022

LITTERMATES Springvale Maddi and Springvale Max give Gavin Harris and Cherylee Barber their best chance of winning next Thursday night’s South Australian St Leger final (530m) at Angle Park.

By Barcia Bale out of Springvale Byrne, the pair were bred by Gavin who owns and trains Springvale Max and share in the ownership of Springvale Maddie, both heat winners of the St Leger on Thursday night in impressive style.

Springvale Maddi is trained by Cherylee Barber and she was ultra impressive leading throughout in the quickest of the heats in 30.36 scoring by seven and a quarter lengths.

“But, then she came up with box six in the final,” lamented Cherylee’s husband Stewart today.

“She’s been so unlucky with box draws and luck in running lately.

“The six will make it tough for her to cross a speedy bitch like She’s A Hotshot drawn in box two.

“When the six box came out in the draw I got a saw jaw when it hit the ground. I had to go and have a beer to pick myself up.”

But while the Barbers are disappointed with Springvale Maddi’s six, the three Gavin Harris’ Springvale Max has the draw that puts him right into the race.

“He is a very strong dog and if he can get a sit on She’s A Hotshot in the early stages he might be able to run her down,” said Stewart.

Springvale Maddi took her record to 13 wins and $31,000 with her victory in the heat.

Premier trainer Troy Murray landed two heats of the St Leger.

She’s A Hotshot (Barcia Bale-Hillary) ran 30.39 in her heat to take her record to 15 wins and $30,000. She has won six of her past eight for owner Terry Hill.

Murray won with Wizardry Things in 30.49 in the other heat.

St Leger Final (in box draw order): 1 Aston Carlos, 2 She’s A Hotshot, 3 Springvale Max, 4 Midnight Bandit, 5 Little Purpose, 6 Springvale Maddi, 7 Maybe Wrong, 8 Wizardry Things. Res: 9 Spring Mayfield, 10 Spring Flora.