Kiwi trotter Flying Isa is the new Australasian mile record holder after a stunning performance at Menangle on Tuesday.
Usually trained in South Auckland by John and Josh Dickie, the former star juvenile is being campaigned in Sydney by Luke McCarthy.
He showed how unlucky he was to be first emergency for the Glenferrie Farm Challenge last Sunday when he trotted a 1:53.2 mile to win a $7000 race there on Tuesday by five lengths.
That smashed the record set by Keystone Del when winning the Challenge two days earlier of 1:53.9.
Flying Isa is likely to head to the Great Southern Star in Victoria on March 22 before returning for the Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park in May.
A former Harness Jewels and Australasian Breeders Crown champion at two, Flying Isa raced below his best at three but returned to something like his peak when second in the Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park last season.
He wasn’t the only Kiwi to set a record at Menangle yesterday as Canterbury filly Red Hot Toddy broke 1:52 for a mile when finishing second in her race.
While she paced a faster time than the NZ record it obviously won’t count in the record but it will for her future stud career because place times are counted as official.
So the Ken Barron-trained filly boosted her broodmare value enormously, even though she didn’t actually win.
By Michael Guerin (Harness Racing New Zealand)