Spirit Of Boom Classic: Thelwell is not in the doghouse after escaping from his box

Thelwell, the two-year-old who sits like a dog, recently led his trainer and neighborhood on a frantic chase after breaking free from his box.

Thelwell won’t be in the kennel unless he wins Saturday’s Group 2 Spirit Of Boom Classic at Eagle Farm as trainer Sharryn Livingstone is busy keeping the famous horse in his stable as it is.

The two-year-old became famous as the horse that sits like a dog in his box and went running second to the boom filly Coolangatta on Boxing Day in Group 3 BJ Mclachlan Stakes, but Livingstone said the horse she label a “terror” has a mind of its own.


Stable on Livingstone’s Kurwongbah property north of Brisbane, Thelwell recently led the neighborhood on a bizarre chase after breaking free from his box.

“He’s too smart for his own good,” laughs Livingstone.

“On Easter Sunday he opened two gates and went out, he was fighting for the neighborhood.

“We were running down the driveway behind him, we got the neighbors involved too, so we were trying to catch him and he’s just running around looking for the Easter bunny or something.

“He let himself out of the two gates and it’s just that I heard the horses running and I thought something was wrong.

“I looked into his yard and I could see his gate open and I couldn’t see him, but I could hear him, he was outside near the shed.

“As he saw me, it was then that he decided to run away and run crazy, up and down the street, in the neighbors place, some of him own.

“Eventually he came back and Dad caught him, that’s why I call him the terrorist.”

Though Thelwell’s propensity to sit like a dog hasn’t changed, Livingstone said he’ll receive guidance as to where his pride and joy lie after Saturday’s clash with the likes of Capital Tower and Exo Lady.

With a $ 26 chance, Livingstone is carrying the gelding without any barrier evidence, while a number of fantasies already have a run behind them.

“He still sits … often enough in the morning he doesn’t really want to get up, it takes him a while to get going,” Livingstone said.

“He popped up last Tuesday at Eagle Farm, was cheeky there and did some wrong things, he was playing cat and mouse with the other horses.

“This is a tough race, Exo Lady is going to be hard to beat and then there is Capital Tower which looks good, there are some really good ones.

“For me I think it’s good because I can see where I am with him, so I’ll be happy if he’s in the upper half of the pitch, not far from them.”

Originally published as Spirit Of Boom Classic: Thelwell is not in the kennel after a recent escape