4 Win Friday - Fierce Flight Fantastic

Date: 24 Dec 2022

4 Win Friday - Fierce Flight Fantastic


From last to first, Fierce Flight (4 g Flying Artie - First Bloom, by Dylan Thomas) made it two wins from his last three starts in the $14,000 Ancroft Stud Rating 65 2000 metres on 23 December at Matamata.

A strong winner over 2100 metres in October at Tauranga, Fierce Flight had been sidelined by wet tracks before doing well for sixth on rain-affected Heavy9 footing when resuming in the Rating 65 1600 metres on 9 December, also at Tauranga, and brought the right credentials to race well.

Given a flick by jockey Opie Bosson with a lap to run, it seemed the enormity of the task was beyond him, positioned 13thand 15 lengths away at the 800 metres, but when the rigours of a torrid pace told on the leaders he kept responding with big late strides.

“The leaders went hard and fell in a hole at the 150m and he was able to get over the top of them,” Bosson said.

On footing that remained Soft7 after being upgraded initially from Heavy9, Fierce Flight ran 2000 metres in 2:05.8, last 600m in 37.8, and returned $10.10 & $3.00 on the NZ TAB tote.

Now the winner of three from 11, and showing signs of making it in Open Handicap staying events, Fierce Flight was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $45,000 at the 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Kilgravin Lodge, and is owned by Te Akau Out of Bounds Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn-Fenton Ellis).

“It was a good win and he's a horse that has certainly continued to get stronger,” said trainer Mark Walker, after saddling a hat-trick of winners.

“Dave (Ellis) didn't pay huge money for him out of the Ready To Run Sale, and he's really coming of age.

“He switches off and I think once we get him over even more ground he's got a lot of staying potential, plus he shows hidden talents as a very good jumper.”

A tall, athletic individual, Fierce Flight was a later foal, born in November, but is a straightforward horse that did everything right in his breeze up, and is out a mare by a proven dam sire Dylan Thomas (Danehill).

“We'd been scratching him a lot because of wet tracks and thankfully we got a surface that continued to improve throughout the day,” said Racing Manager Reece Trumper.

“He's needed quite a bit of time to develop into a staying type, but the team haS done a great job with him and he's starting to put it together now.

“I thought he was no hope at the 1000m, but Opie got him wound up and it was a great effort.”

Fierce Flight was strapped by Kendyll Lee.


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