Day At The Track

Mighty Flying Art going places

07:37 AM 28 Nov 2018 NZDT
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Mighty Flying Art after his Winton win
Photo Bruce Stewart

Invercargill harness racing trainer Murray Brown is proud of the performance of Southland three year old Mighty Flying Art in the Group One Sires Stakes Finals at Addington a week ago.

Although originally on the ballot for the $166,660 feature he managed to get back in the field because of a scratching. 

“Those front three got away. He had the third fastest last half and last quarter. How many horses go 1-52 (mile rate) at their sixth start,” said Brown.

Ultimate Sniper’s winning time for the 1980 metres was 2-19.0 a new New Zealand record.

Brown says his phone’s been running hot but the horse is not on the market.

“Yeah they’re going mad. Brent (owner Brent Ballantyne) bought him to race him. He said “what I am going to do next Friday if he’s sold.”

And Brown predicts the best is ahead for Mighty Flying Art.

“He’s never really had a hard run because of his draws. Up here he just followed them round. Brent Barclay (driver) has been looking after him. After his run (Sires Stakes Final) we took him home and he licked his bowl clean.”

He says his next target is the $20,000 Super Nuggets Final at the Northern Southland meeting on Saturday 9thMarch.

The colt was bought by Brown for $50,000 at the Sale of the Stars.

He had two starts at two, running fourth behind Another Masterpiece on debut before finishing sixth in last season’s Kindergarten Stakes behind War Dan Delight.

He won his first start as a three year old at Winton in late September before running a close second behind Memphis Tennessee a month later.

His next start was at Addington in the last Sires Stakes Heat in which he locked wheels in the straight and finished an unlucky seventh.

Ballantyne also owns Mighty Flying Art’s half-brother Mightyflying Macatak which he bought for $55,000 at the sales. He’s by Mach Three and is a two year old.

“We went back and bought his half-brother. He bowls round alright but we won’t know how good he is until after Christmas. With the Mach Three’s you just have to be a bit careful because you can fire them up a bit.”  

Meanwhile other “Super” finals will be held for the Ladyship Fillies and Mares series at the Invercargill meeting on the 6th April and the Gold Chip for trotters at the Winton meeting on 13th April.

All finals are worth $20,000.


Bruce Stewart

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