Flat Track Bully Flies Home

Date: 21 Feb 2022

Flat Track Bully Flies Home

 

Sam Weatherley left nothing to chance when winning aboard Flat Track Bully (4 g Reliable Man - Lime Squeeze, by Exceed and Excel) on 20 February at Hastings.

Earlier on, Weatherley had arrived with a flourish to dead-heat for first on stable-mate Fierce Flight (Flying Artie), but he made sure, with an early move in the $12,000 Wairoa Business Supporters Maiden 1200 metres that he would get the upper hand.

More often than not, course form stacks up well from Ellerslie, and Flat Track Bully had rounded off strongly enough for second in Maiden 1200 metres there on 30 January to rate top three.

As he did aboard Fierce Flight, Weatherley settled back from outside gate (7) before getting around runners quickly approaching the home turn and Flat Track Bully never relinquished an advantage from 300m out.

Forecast rain came to fruition, downgrading conditions from Dead5 to Slow9, but Flat Track Bully coped to run 1200 metres in 1:16.1 and paid $3.70 & $1.70 on NZ TAB tote.

Second on debut and runner-up in two of last three starts, Flat Track Bully was deserved winner and gives impression more could follow as he masters the art of racing.

“It was great to see him win after a few seconds and different things that have happened with him,” said trainer Jamie Richards.

“He's been slow maturing and often made things difficult for himself by over racing and lacking ring craft.

“Great to get a win for Gerard Petersen and Rod Duke, and Brad Petersen and Penny that operate Doriemus Lodge. They've become good clients and good to get on the board in the famous Gee Gee racing colours.

“He was well ridden by Sam Weatherley, after being quite difficult last time with Opie (Bosson) on at Ellerslie, but we made a minor gear change and he seems to enjoy his races being spaced.

“I was a little bit concerned about the soft ground, but he won well and hopefully able to take that on to the next grade.”

In training for owner/breeders Rod Duke and Gerard Petersen (Gee Gee Equine), Flat Track Bully carries Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector cross, from mare by leading sire Exceed and Excel (Danehill).

Flat Track Bully was strapped by Roushan Khan.

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