Fast­net set for a flyer

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

C E N T R A L Q u e e n s l a n d trainer Glenda Bell has de­scribed Fast­net Flyer as a “to­tally dif­fer­ent horse” this year as he chases Townsville Cup re­demp­tion at Clu­den Park to­day.

Bell will sad­dle up Fast­net Flyer for his sec­ond tilt in the $ 100,000 Mater Townsville Cup ( 2000m) af­ter he came home a dis­ap­point­ing 13th in last year’s race, which was won by Kelly Sch­weida gal­loper Out­raged.

Fast­net Flyer had sen­sa­tional lead- up form, with six wins from eight starts un­der Bell, but she ad­mit­ted that the horse had prob­a­bly had enough by the time the Townsville Win­ter Car­ni­val fea­ture race rolled around.

Bell was con­fi­dent her star six- year- old still had more to give this year af­ter tak­ing out the Mackay Cup over 1800m on July 1, beat­ing home Townsville Cup favourite Chivadahlii by a half- length.

Fast­net Flyer also ran third over the mile at Clu­den Park last week­end and Bell said the horse looked ev­ery bit a win­ning chance with jockey Les Til­ley on board.

“He’s still fresh go­ing into the race, he’s to­tally dif­fer­ent this year,” Bell said.

“Last year he was on the down­hill run and he’d had enough, but this year he’s still on the up.

“The Mackay Cup’s prob­a­bly not a good lead- up, it’s al­ways a lot weaker race ( com­pared to Townsville), but we’re def­i­nitely go­ing to be up there.

“He’s just an old gen­eral of a horse, who­ever beats us will be the win­ner.”

Fast­net Flyer ($ 7) was sec­ond in the line of bet­ting with UBET yes­ter­day, be­hind favourite Chivadahlii ($ 4.80), but Bell be­lieved that Bris­bane gal­loper Fly­ing Light ($ 8) was the horse to beat.

Fly­ing Light for Ea­gle Farm trainer Barry Bald­win has a strong record over the trip with three wins from seven starts, but he has a hor­ror bar­rier draw in No. 19.

Lead­ing Rock­hamp­ton jockey Adrian Coome takes the ride on Fly­ing Light who also has to carry the top weight of 60kg, but Bald­win said he was most con­cerned about the wide al­ley.

“He’s got a lit­tle bit of class, es­pe­cially over the dis­tance, and I do be­lieve that he’s car­ry­ing 60kg be­cause of that,” Bald­win said.

“He’s nat­u­rally earned his 60kg, but I don’t know if he’s earned the 19 bar­rier which is the big­gest ob­sta­cle.”

Fly­ing Light is owned by well- known Townsville rac­ing iden­tity Tom Shea­han, who has teamed up with Bald­win to re­alise his dream of win­ning his home town fea­ture race.

Bald­win ad­mit­ted Fly­ing Light’s Townsville Cup prepa­ra­tion had been a bit of a rush, but he was ex­cited to try and de­liver Shea­han a lon­gawaited vic­tory.

“We had to get him up pretty quickly to get him ready. It’s the owner’s dream to win the Townsville Cup and it’s all he wants to do so we’ve got him to the races,” Bald­win said.

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