Big things are being anticipated for highly regarded import Spillway as he heads towards the spring.

Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes says the UK-bred Spillway could be a major player for the stable in the feature spring staying races.

“His win in the JRA Plate at Randwick during the autumn carnival in Sydney suggested he could be a good horse,” Hayes told Racing Network.

“We’ll find out this prep but he’s showing the right signs for us,” he added.

Spillway has some interesting form in Europe, including three wins on end early in his career.

He then contested several group and listed races in the UK, including the Group 2 Arc Trial at Newbury, where he ran fourth, before coming to Australia.

Spillway, a four-year-old by northern-hemisphere time but soon to turn five in Australia, has raced just three times in this country, with his last start being a 2½-length win in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick during the autumn carnival.

Hayes said Spillway would be entered for all of the major staying races in Melbourne and Sydney.