Flying Pegasus is poised to turn the tables on Saxon for Sunspeed’s second-season sires’ premiership in 2011-12.
Saxon (Danehill) captured the WA freshman title last year with an $80,000 margin over Flying Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus). But Wednesday’s Belmont winner The Rising has all but assured the roles will be reversed this season.
Flying Pegasus ($696K) holds a comfortable lead over Saxon ($643K) with less than a fortnight remaining before season’s end. And Touchstone Farm has ensured the FuPeg stallion receives another sizeable book this year by cutting his service fee in half to $4,400 (inc gst).
King Saul was instrumental in getting Flying Pegasus over the line thanks to a G2 victory in the $350,000 WA Guineas. He is trained by Trevor Andrews and so is The Rising.
The Rising (2c Flying Pegasus – Glenn’s Girl by Key Business) dispatched his rivals by more than three lengths on debut in the Westspeed Nursery Hcp (1000m). A midweek win in the middle of winter is leagues below black-type company but trainer Trevor Andrews believes he can bridge the gap.
“This horse has got a great motor and a terrific turn of foot,” Andrews said on Wednesday. “He ran a couple of nice trials behind some smart types last preparation, but went shin sore so we had to tip him out.”
The Rising was a $60,000 purchase from the Touchstone draft at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions. Andrews trains the colt for his wife Joanne, Isaac and Estelle Cohen, Wayne Downs, Ken and Helen Gregson and Touchstone owner Glenn Martin.
They named him after the Bruce Springsteen hit The Rising and the colt certainly lived up to the song’s lyrics with a barrier-to-box victory on Wednesday; “Can’t see nothin’ in front of me…Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind.”
Sunspeed’s leading second season sire