Trainer Norm Hilton will consider raising the bar during the Sydney autumn carnival with Carry Me Bluey following the gelding’s dominant victory in the Channel 7 Hcp at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Carry Me Bluey (5g Carry The Flag – Jillina Blue by Blue Run) defied a sprinting pedigree to record a convincing half length win at his first attempt over 2100 metres. “There’s a suitable race for him over 2400 metres in Sydney on Australia Day,” Hilton said. “I’ve also had a look at the program for the autumn and there’s several Group races which look suitable.”
His sire Carry The Flag (Tenby) stood at Lyndhurst Stud for 10 years prior to his demise in February 2011. His best feature winner to date in Australia has been Carry To Fortune who won the $100,000 Bat Out Of Hell Hcp (900m) at the Gold Coast this time last year.
Carry Me Bluey’s older half-brother Reilly Blue (Sequalo) has won 8 races up to 1110m and was also placed in last year’s Bat Out of Hell and LR Weetwood Hcp. Their dam Jillina Blue has a 2yo filly named Jillina Miss (Sequalo) and she foaled a colt by Lyndhurst sire Drumbeats in October.
Hilton is set to start a new chapter in his training career when he moves to Newcastle in a fortnight. Carry Me Bluey will be one of 16 horses Hilton will have in training at Broadmeadow and he’s already on the lookout for more boxes once new on-course stables are completed.
The decision to end a 20-year career at Toowoomba was prompted by better interstate prizemoney and the decision to rebuild the grass track at Clifford Park. “Newcastle is a great spot,” Hilton said. “It’s within two hours drive of Sydney and there’s a good provincial circuit at Wyong and Gosford.”