MIRACLE Mile winner Spankem is heading back to Australia.
The difference in his visit this time is Spankem will be trained locally.
Previously prepared by champion New Zealand-based couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen during his Trans Tasman campaigns, the son of Bettors Delight is being transferred to local horseman Darren Weeks for his Sunshine State commitments.
Connections have set their sights on Queensland’s rich Winter Carnival, which includes the $250,600 Blacks A Fake on July 24.
The Group One Sunshine Sprint the week before is also on Spankem’s hit list.
“He is coming across for the big features through the winter,” Weeks said.
“I do not know exactly how long he is going to be here, but he will stay at least until the end of our carnival.
“He is due to arrive this week and will be given a few days to settle in and relax.”
Spankem recently completed a stint on the Shaky Isles with trainer Hayden Cullen who gave the six-year-old four starts for three seconds, including the Group One Easter Cup on April 3.
A multiple Group One winner, Spankem’s record sits at 19 wins and 24 placings from 50 starts for earnings of $1,590,634.