There have been plenty of highs and a few lows in the debut season of the very smart harness racing two year old, Mighty Flying Major.
From his outstanding run on debut in the Sapling Stakes where he ran 1:54 when finishing a close second to Follow My Stars, to his galloping in the Harness Jewels where he scuttled amongst others, Follow My Stars, this son of Art Major has experienced all the highs and lows racing has to offer.
For a while it seemed he always found one too good for himself, notching up four seconds in town hall company prior to the Jewels.
Following the Jewels disaster, trainer Ken Barron decided to leave him in the North Island to race at Auckland and what an inspired decision that has turned out to be.
Three starts have resulted in three wins, each one more impressive than the last.
Last night at Auckland on a slushy track, he was three wide for the first 600 meters from his wide barrier draw of eight before working to the lead.
From there he turned the race into a procession with driver Peter Ferguson hardly moving in the cart in the home straight as he cruised home 1 1/2 lengths clear of the competition.
When one has a look at Mighty Flying Major's pedigree, you find one of the hottest commercial pedigrees in Australasia.
Not only is he a half brother to such talented types as Flying Pocketlands 1:52.6 ($442,423) Mighty Flying Mac 1:58 ($127,484) and Mighty Flying Thomas 1:58.1 ($145,293) but Mighty Flying Major is also very closely related to Baby Bling 1:50.5 ($853,272) and Bling It On 1:51.7 ($565,210).
Mighty Flying Mac always looked like a horse that would get better with time so his trainer Ken Barron must be looking forward to his three year old season with a lot of confidence.
Mighty Flying Major