Day At The Track

Another southern import turns up trumps

11:21 AM 06 Dec 2015 NZDT
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Mighty Flying Deal is another import thriving in Southland
Mighty Flying Deal is another import thriving in Southland

Tony Barron doesn't mind getting hand me downs from his brother Ken.
 
He's been a source of regular winners and the latest Might Flying Deal now raced by the MCC Syndicate (Makerewa Country Cup) is a good example of Southland trainers getting good results from horses that may struggle in the top league in Canterbury.
 
"Steve Thompson and Grant Dickey bought him at the yearling sales paying $46,000 for this one."

"They get to a stage as three year olds that if they're not going to measure up to the Sire Stakes and Derby type horses they flick them on," said trainer Tony Barron.
 
The American Ideal three year old was bred by Heather and Lex Williams.

He's out of the In The Pocket mare Fleet's Pocket whose winners have been Flying Pocketland (7 NZ wins and 14 Australian wins), Mighty Flying Thomas (6 NZ wins and 12 Australian wins), Flying McPocket (6 Australian wins), Flying Mrs Williams (2 wins), Mighty Flying Mac (12 wins), Mighty Flying Major (6 wins) and Mighty Pocketlands (4 Australian wins). 
 
As far as Mighty Flying Deal is concerned Tony says he just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
 
"I was up at Ken's and in the right place at the right time."

"He went average at Ashburton."

"They went quick but he didn't go that good. Ken said to me the boys will flick this fella on so we came to an arrangement and got him straight down here."

He had his first run at Invercargill (6th behind Galactic Star) and I wasn't too disappointed."

"He probably should have run second but he did get a fair old check up the straight. "

"We put the pull downs on him today and it made all the difference."
 
Both Fleet's Pocket and her daughter Flying Mrs Williams have yearlings in next years Sale of the Stars. Fleet's Pocket has Mighty Flying Pocket (Rocknroll Hanover - Black colt) while Flying Mrs Williams has Flying Mister Deal (American Ideal - Black colt). Lex Williams and Gina Tomlinson are preparing both.
 
Barron says Mighty Flying Deal is easy to get on with and has settled in well to his Southland environment. 
 
"He's a lovely horse to have around. The only thing I did with him was to lead the two year old around in the middle of the week."
 
The win was the result of a positive drive by Dexter Dunn. The margin was two and a half lengths. 
 
Meanwhile the most tightly accessed horse in the stable Regal Ideal was also bought from the same source.

He is also by American Ideal and was owned by Thompson and Dickey.
 
He was bought by a group of primarly based Southland owners in March 2015 after having three starts for Ken Barron.
 
He has gone on to win six races from just seventeen starts. His last start was not a success though.

Finishing thirteenth was a bit of a mystery to Barron but he puts it down to running with an undercheck. 
 
"We were having trouble getting him away (from the stand)."

"I was talking to Robert Dunn a few years ago when we were having trouble getting Phoenix Warrior away and he suggested an undercheck."

"I put an undercheck on Regal Ideal and he just resented it the whole way round."

"Just hated it. He's going the The Tin Shed Cup (at Balfour trials) on Sunday."

If he doesn't step away he'll be restricted to mobiles. If he does we'll tick away in the Country Cups series."  
 
Barron also won the main handicap race of the day when McCovey Cove, helped by a great start, won the Steve Gooding Mariner Handicap Pace. 

Bruce Stewart

Reproduced with permission of Southland Harness Racing   --   Check site here
 
 

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