Winning Edge for Flying Spur

Versatile mare Vintedge sent Flying Spur’s earnings soaring through the million-dollar mark when she won the G2 VRC Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday.

It was a career-high victory for Vintedge who had been nosed out by Foxstar on Melbourne Cup day.

Vintedge (6m Flying Spur – Alternative Edge by Rory’s Jester) is trained by Chris Waller for a syndicate headed by breeder Robert Heyblok.  “She has been a great horse for the stable,” Waller said.  “She has been reliable as ever while we’ve been growing.”

Consistency has been Vintedge’s hallmark across five seasons.  She blossomed as a three year-old winning four races but didn’t graduate to a Listed victory until the 2010 Tibbie Stakes at Newcastle.

The Rosehill based mare is a half-sister to Adelaide stakes winner Youths Edge (Jeune).  Their dam Alternative Edge is a winning sister to G1 winner Racer’s Edge.

Alternative Edge has a yearling colt by Flying Spur and is due to foal again to him in the next week or two.

Arrowfield champion Flying Spur has now sired the winners of $1.18 million so far this season.  Leading the charge have been his three year-olds fillies Bliss Street (G3 MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude), Gliding (LR Ethereal Stakes) and Satin Shoes (LR Quezette Stakes).

Satin Shoes earned a Group 1 rating when placed behind champion colt Sepoy in the Coolmore Stakes on the first day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.

Flemington’s Victorian Oaks meeting on Thursday also highlighted Flying Spur’s impact as a sires of sires and broodmare sire.

His Queensland based son Jet Spur sired Listed VRC Red Roses Stakes winner Emmalene.  And Proliferate increased Flying Spur’s damsire tally to 23 stakes winners in the Listed Myer Spring Fashion Stakes.

Proliferate (3c More Than Ready – Grand Prospect by Flying Spur) extended his unbeaten run with a convincing win over Vincente who is also out of a Flying Spur mare.

The Mick Price trained colt will be set for the G1 AJC Australian Derby in April.  He is a half-brother to G1 WATC Derby winner Grand Journey who is one of four elite winners left by Flying Spur mares.

Proliferate is inbred 4 x 4 to Mr. Prospector and, like G1 Golden Slipper winner Sebring, is bred on the More Than Ready – Flying Spur cross.

Flying Spur is the leading son of Danehill on the current Australian Broodmare sires’ list where he holds fifth position with 55 winners and almost $1.70 million prizemoney.  He is standing for a $49,500 (inc gst) fee at Arrowfield this year.