More Kiwi success for Flying Spur

Arrowfield’s champion sire Flying Spur has enjoyed consistent success in New Zealand ever since his outstanding second-crop daughter Flying Babe won six races as a 2YO there in 2000/01.

Many of New Zealand’s most notable breeders have supported him over the last decade including the famous Dennis BrothersTony, Ray, Martin & Joe – who sent their dual Group 1 winner The Jewel (by O’Reilly) to Flying Spur’s court in 2006. The result was a filly named The Glitzy One who scored her fourth, and most valuable victory in last Saturday’s CJC Great Autumn H. at Riccarton.

Already stakes-placed in the 2011 Otago Breeders’ S. LR, The Glitzy One seems capable of achieving black capital status alongside her many illustrious relatives, including The Phantom and The Phantom Chance, who won five Group 1 races between them.

Flying Spur has been represented by 23 winners in New Zealand and five have been stakeswinners, four of them as 2YOs: San Luis (Manawatu Sires’ Produce S. G1), Flying Babe & Velasco (both winners of the Matamata Breeders’ S. G2), Flying Fulton (ARC Great Northern Foal S. LR, and now a Group winner in Singapore) and Spur Bird (Gore Guineas LR).

In Australia, the 2010/11 season has been excellent for Flying Spur, with five stakeswinners (Vintedge, Satin Shoes, Bliss Street, Gliding and Full of Spirit) and $3.3 million prizemoney taking his lifetime tallies to 85 stakeswinners and earnings of more than $100 million. Of the five active Champion Sires of Australia available to breeders in 2012 he is the least expensive, at a fee $33,000 inc. GST.

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