Flyer trounces Taree rivals

Waikato Flyer was presented with a gilt-edged chance to add to his record at Taree on Sunday afternoon and he didn’t let the opportunity go begging.

The lightly raced four-year-old won for the second time in eight appearances from Gregory Hickman’s Warwick Farm stable when he was successful over 2000 metres in the hands of Ashley Morgan.

He lobbed along in the trail before angling off the fence before the turn and made short work of his rivals in the run home.

“I just told him (Morgan) to ride him where he was comfortable and I thought he would be very, very competitive,” trainer Greg Hickman said.

“He’s taken a bit of time and he’s going to keep getting better as he gets stronger.”

Waikato Flyer was offered on behalf of breeder Waikato Stud by Glenn Lee Thoroughbreds at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale where he was knocked down to Hickman for A$200,000.

He is out of the winning O’Reilly mare Kansas and his sister, Kansas Storm, was purchased by Te Akau’s David Elis for $145,000 at Karaka earlier this year while she also has a yearling filly by Savabeel.

Kansas is a daughter of the G3 Frances Tressady Stakes winner Glitzy and the immediate family of last season’s Listed Canberra Guineas winner Avebury and the G1 Queensland Derby runner-up Paternal.

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