PANSPACIFICFLIGHT progeny continue to rack up wins in Australia.
The latest winners were Wattlebank Flyer, in New South Wales on 14 August, and Straight Through Blue, in West Australia on 15 August, who were both posting their second wins.
Wattlebank Flyer won one race for Tim Trathen in Canterbury before he was exported. Winless in a Queensland campaign over the summer, he found the opposition a lot weaker over the border at Tamworth and bolted in for Barty Cockburn after leading all the way over a mile in a sedate 2:01.6. He paid just $1.10 to win.
Straight Thru Blue was also strongly favoured when he won his second race on the Pinjarra track. He led all the way over 2185 metres, comfortably holding out a former Macca Lodge stablemate Suzie’s Gem in a mile rate of 1:58.8.
Straight Thru Blue is out of the Badlands Hanover mare New York Franco. Bred by Brent, Sheree and Caine McIntyre at Macca Lodge, he was placed three times for Tony Stratford at Forbury Park last winter before being exported. His younger half-sister, Alabama Shakes (by Changeover), went 1:54.6 as a two-year-old in Australia last season after also being developed at Macca Lodge.
Both Wattlebank Flyer and Straight Thru Blue are from Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop. His frozen semen isn’t available in Australia.