Spurtonic salutes in Coongy Hcp

Flying Spur notched up his 90th stakes winner when Spurtonic led all the way in the G3 Coongy Hcp (2000m) at Caulfield.

Arrowfield pensioned Flying Spur late last year after 17 seasons at stud.  Although primarily known as a wonderful sire of early-maturing horses, his record also includes 17 stakes winners beyond 1600 metres.

Spurtonic (4g Flying Spur – Platonic by Nassipour) finished more than two lengths ahead of runner-up Bass Strait in the Coongy Hcp which is now known as the David Jones Cup.  The Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding was unplaced in two juvenile starts before breaking his maiden first-up as a three year-old.

He returned in August to win his first three starts and then ran a slashing fourth to Boban in the G1 Epsom Hcp at fortnight ago.  “That was easy – he’s got a very good future,” jockey Glenn Boss said.  “He’s got plenty of stamina and you wouldn’t know he has been around.  He is a 2000m – 2400m galloper for sure.”

Spurtonic cost $150,000 at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions from Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud.  He is raced by a syndicate that includes Les and Lynette Polglase who were also in Group 1 winner Herculian Prince.

The more obvious source of Spurtonic’s liking for middle-distance trips is his dam Platonic.  She won a QTC St Leger and also foaled G3 AJC Frank Packer Plate winner Carnegie House.  The mare has a 2yo colt by Stratum but was put down in March.

Flying Spur (Danehill) is enjoying an excellent start to the season and is currently 12th on the Australia sires’ premiership.  His penultimate crop will be offered at the 2014 yearling sales.


Flying Spur gelding wins at Caulfield

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