Hi­flyer keeps fly­ing higher

Sunday Star-Times - - Racing - TIM RYAN

HI­FLYER who was all the rage with pun­ters start­ing in the red in Satur­day’s Group III Thomp­son Hand­i­cap and fully jus­ti­fied the faith with a de­ter­mined win.

On a pic­ture per­fect Tren­tham af­ter­noon with racing held on an ideal Dead4 track, the Peter Lock-trained Te Aroha vis­i­tor took the length of the long Tren­tham straight to gather in pace­maker Amarula.

A clever ride by Amarula’s jockey Shaun McKay gave the favourite’s sup­port­ers a few mo­ments of con­cern.

‘‘It’s such a re­lief to get a black-type win,’’ Lock said. ’’I’ve al­ways known it was just around the cor­ner.’’

Johnathan Parkes aboard the win­ner, knew what a big heart his pint-sized mount pos­sessed and called on all the horse’s re­serves of en­ergy to get him home by a neck over Amarula with a big gap to the rest headed by third-placed Ringo.

The win was Hi­flyer’s seventh from 17 starts and took his prize-money earn­ings to around $190,000.

Lock has long held a big opinion if the Tav­i­s­tock geld­ing and will fur­ther test his tal­ent with a pos­si­ble trip across the Tas­man.

He’s toy­ing with the idea of tak­ing Hi­flyer to Mel­bourne for the weight-for-age A$2 mil­lion Emi­rates (2000m) on Novme­ber 11 at Flem­ing­ton where he may clash with fel­low Kiwi Ginger­nuts.

Ginger­nuts from the Te Akau team is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for the race af­ter his re­cent sec­ond in the Li­va­mol Clas­sic.

Lock will con­sider op­tion over the next few days be­fore con­firm­ing his plans.

Opie Bos­son got his Tren­tham day off to a fly­ing start with wins in the first two races on the day’s card.

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