HOW’S THIS for a record.
Panspacificflight has had only three starters in Australia, all bred at Macca Lodge in Southland, and they’ve won 11 times between them from just 25-odd starts.
The latest winner across the Tasman is Last Flight In, who bolted in at Hobart over 2090 metres on 19 April. She won the way hot favourites should, blasting to the lead from the outside of the front line and coasting to an easy victory in a $7500 three-year-old race. Last Flight In won by 11 metres in a mile rate a touch over 2:00. She’s now unbeaten in two starts, winning on debut at Wyndham in February for Southland trainer Clark Barron before being exported.
Just three nights earlier at Kilmore in Victoria, Sir Macs Man embellished his fine record in Australia, sweeping from last to first on the final lap of a 2180-metre event to win easily. Racing here as Macs Man, he placed twice from Kirk Larsen’s Southland stable before being sold. Now trained by Jodi Quinlan, he has won four from six in Australia and is destined for better things.
And Panspacificflight three-year-old filly Glenisla, formerly trained by Tony Herlihy, has won five times for New South Wales trainer Shane Tritton.
Interestingly, Last Flight In is a daughter of Washington VC mare Orse M Denario. Panspacificflight has clicked remarkably well with Presidential Ball mares in North America, so he looks a good match with mares by Washington VC, the Southland-based son of Presidential Ball.
FOOTNOTE: Last Flight In won again in Tasmania on 22 May and now has a record of three wins, two seconds and a third from six life-time starts.