Blake Spriggs with a $600,000 Ferrari he loaned for a day in 2012.ON and off the race track, Blake Spriggs likes to travel in style.
So when he called into the luxury car dealership of close friend and former employer Terry Mullens in Sydney recently, he didn’t miss the chance to take a 2013 Ferrari California for a spin.
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“They had me in there and tried to convince me to buy a Ferrari,” Spriggs said.“I said‘if I win the cup, I might come back’, he laughed.
“They had a second-hand one there and it was beautiful, but I said ‘I’ve got to go before I do something stupid’.”
Spriggsjoked that he had already done the numbers and the jockey’s five per cent commission from the Melbourne Cup first prize of $3.6 million –$180,000 – was“about the cost of the car”.
The Ferrari California Blake Spriggs test drove recently.
The Newcastle-raised hoop, who recently traded in an Audi R8 for an Audi S6, said: “I’ve always had nice cars because I enjoy them. I don’t live a party lifestyle, so that’s my reward.”
Spriggs, who will ride Sir John Hawkwood in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday,worked as a salesman forMullens during a tough time in his career four years ago when he broke his ankle and was out for five months.
“Iwas doing it tough when it came to race rides because I’d been out of my time as an apprentice for a couple of months and it wasn’t going to plan,” he said. “Then once I was injured, it made me wonder if it was going to be worth going into it again, if I could find something else that I enjoyed instead.I did enjoy it but it doesn’t overtake racing for me.”
“Istill enjoy being around the nice cars, but it’s not at the same level as racing when you can get to this sort of level.”
Spriggs said Mullens, who owns Sydney City Prestige,Artarmon, continued to be a great supporter and he regularly visited his dealership to catch up.
“Terry’s been a long-time family friend of mine and I met him through riding his horses,” he said.
“He’s always been there for me since I met him. He’s a very helpful person andout there to help people.
“He doesn’t expect anything in return, he’s that sort of person. He treats me like family and he actually calls me his son.
“He was there at probably one of the harder times and he’s there now.”