The Rising wins title for Touchstone

Flying Pegasus clinched the WA second-season sires’ title in the last fortnight of the season thanks to his unbeaten colt The Rising.

The Rising (2c Flying Pegasus – Glenn’s Girl by Key Business) put the finishing touches on a tremendous season for his sire with a running double at Belmont on July 14 and 28.  The Trevor Andrews trained youngster earned $120,000 for those two victories and that was the difference between winning and losing the premiership.

Touchstone Farm based Flying Pegasus sired the winners of $758,576 to defeat Saxon ($646,162) and Scandal Keeper ($478,063).  He turned the tables on Heytesbury sire Saxon who had beaten him for WA freshman honours in 2010-11.

His chief earner in 2011-12 was King Saul.  A Group 2 winner of the WA Guineas, he is also trained by Andrews for Hallowell Stud owner Craig Thompson.

The Rising is raced by the trainer’s wife Joanne along with Isaac and Estelle Cohen, Wayne Downs, Ken and Helen Gregson and Touchstone owner Glenn Martin.  He was a $60,000 purchase from the Touchstone draft at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.

The Rising will now have a short break and come back for a summer campaign aimed at the LR Placid Ark Stakes and G3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic.  “He’s still a bit greenly and needed a few slaps to keep his mind on the job,” Andrews said after the Westspeed Nursery Hcp (1000m) at Belmont on Saturday.  “He has a terrific turn of foot and I think he’s got a future.”

Flying Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) was bred by Perth multi-millionaire Bill Wyllie and Bart Cummings.  He was a G3 winner of the Kindergarten Stakes at two and trained on to score a brilliant victory in the G2 Royal Sovereign Stakes at Randwick as a three year-old.

Touchstone Farm has ensured the FuPeg stallion receives another sizeable book this year by discounting his service fee to $4,400 (inc gst).