Flying Spur takes Flight Caulfield

Victorian breeder Rob Crabtree cheered home Arctic Flight at Caulfield on Monday less than 24 hours after celebrating the first winner by her older brother Magnus at Mornington.

Crabtree and his wife Yvonne operate Dorrington Farm at Hastings and both horses are by Flying Spur from the immediate family of Black Caviar and All Too Hard.

Arctic Flight (3f Flying Spur – Scandinavia by Snippets) raised her residual value with a barrier-to-box victory in the Sandown Park (UK) Hcp (1200m).  The Mick Price trained filly appreciated the addition of blinkers to score by more than three lengths over Eastward (Exceed And Excel) and Moudita (Golan).

“She was home along way out,” stable spokesman Mick Nolan said.  “And she’s good enough to win better races.”

The Crabtrees raced Magnus to a G1 victory in the AJC The Galaxy before retiring him to Eliza Park.  His first-crop colt How Swede It Is opened his account at stud on Sunday.

Magnus is the latest among 8 sons of Arrowfield Stud champion Flying Spur to be credited with a winner.

Elsewhere on Monday, Flying Spur unearthed another winner with black-type potential when Rowie raced clear on debut at Randwick’s Kensington course.

An Arrowfield homebred, he claimed the Flinders Lane Shirt Hcp (1300m) for trainer Paul Messara.  “Rowie won on raw ability,” jockey Christian Reith explained.  “You won’t see the best of him for another six months.”

Rowie (2c Flying Spur – Tazkara by Sinndar) is the first foal of an unraced French bred mare who is a half-sister to Deauville G3 winner Tashelka (Mujahid) and Chantilly LR winner Tashkandi (Polish Precedent).

Flying Spur (Danehill) has sired 790 individual winners with 84 of them graduating to stakes winning level.