Irish bred Flying Flyer broke through for her first win over the staying trip on Thursday night.
She bounced out of box 3 and then set up her race winning break, the final margin was three lengths to Dutch Legacy in 41.85. It was her fifth attempt at the ‘700’ distance since she began racing in Australia.
“She went really well. Some people had doubts over her running ‘700’, however her form over the distance in Ireland was good,” explained owner George Dailly.
Dailly purchased and flew over ‘Flyer’ after she had 19 starts in Ireland. She arrived at the kennel in September and had her first start down under in April.
A fellow trainer visited the kennel last year and discussed with Dailly his liking for a smart pup racing in Ireland. Little did the visitor know, the Dailly team were a step ahead.
“He came over and told me he’s spotted a good one in Ireland. We asked what the name was and he said Flying Flyer. We started laughing and he asked what we were laughing at, we said we bought her yesterday!”
Dailly bought ‘Flyer’ with intentions to breed following the completion of her racing career.
“We will race her up until she’s ready to retire or comes on season. We’ve purchased greyhounds from overseas to breed with before and there’s always that unknown factor. If they’re young enough I like to race them and see how they measure up.
“She was bred by the number one breeder in Ireland, Pat Dalton. I thought she’d be worth trying to get a hold of as her breeding goes back to Pat’s foundation line. It’s produced for years.”
A main concern for greyhounds coming over from Europe is if they can adapt to the Australian style of lure, on the rail rather than on the outside fence.
“Getting them to chase the inside lure is much easier than teaching one to chase the outside. Pat has both at his property, she (Flyer) handled the change fine.”
Also on the night versatile chaser Out Of Range took out the group 2 McKenna Memorial – click here for full story.