Spriggs has a new spring in his step

Back on top … Blake Spriggs yesterday.
Back on top … Blake Spriggs yesterday.

FORGET about the travel to race meetings for one-time leading apprentice Blake Spriggs but think about the trip from Newcastle to Clovelly, and out to Warwick Farm.

The resurgent junior, who is the son of leading coalfields jockey Dale Spriggs, was back in the metropolitan winners stall when scoring aboard Secret Delight at Warwick Farm yesterday.

It was the third metropolitan win Spriggs has had in the last three Saturdays.

''I'm working very hard again and covering plenty of ground,'' Spriggs said. ''I struggled when I didn't have a manager for about 12 months, but I've got Craig Morrissey now and he has done a great job. I've done a lot of work in the country while working my way back into town.''

Once indentured to Gai Waterhouse, Spriggs also paid thanks to his latest master, the Newcastle-based Jason Deamer.

''Jason has been good, he has allowed me to venture into Sydney to ride trackwork,'' Spriggs said. ''I stay at my town house in Clovelly and usually ride work at Warwick Farm.''

Prepared by David Payne, Secret Delight was able overhaul Headless when scoring in the first of a number of photo-finishes at yesterday's meeting.

''I didn't panic,'' Spriggs told Dean Watt, whose Dynamic Syndications paid $120,000 to buy Secret Delight as a yearling.

''She went terrific, she is still learning. I got someone up in the barriers to help her out, she jumped, but lost momentum two strides later.''

For that reason, Secret Delight was posted three wide.

''Dean said don't be worried if she is caught wide, just make sure she is happy,'' Spriggs said.

Watt said: ''You've got to give credit where credit is due'' and added, ''it was a great ride''.

''It is great when a plan comes off,'' Watt said. ''She was coming back from the 1250m to the 1000m, which was a big effort.''

This story Spriggs has a new spring in his step first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.