A ‘flyer’ alright! Statue of Liberty colt, Octane Flyer, established his bona fides as one of Queensland’s finest 2YOs with a fast finishing performance in today’s Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation over 1000m at Eagle Farm.
Coming from 9th on the turn, Octane Flyer sprouted wings over the closing stages, winning with about a panel to spare on the wire.
It was Octane Flyer’s fifth start and follows up his win on debut (over 1010m at Doomben last October), a game second in last month’s Group Three Skyline at Rosehill and a third over 1400m at Eagle Farm on 30 March.
Trained by Kelly Schweida, Octane Flyer (below) is out of the Grand Lodge mare, Tahnee Tango.
Meanwhile, south of the border, French Gift made it a city double for Statue of Liberty by taking out the Newgate Farm Handicap over 2400m at Randwick.
It was win #8 for French Gift who has now taken his earnings over the $200k mark and there appears to be plenty of racing left in the 6YO.
Hailing from the New Regent mare, Our Twig, French Gift is trained at Newcastle by Steve Hodge and may step out next Saturday in the $500,000 Group One Sydney Cup.
A 1000m 2YO winner and a 3200m Sydney Cup bound winner certainly underlines the versatility of Statue of Liberty’s progeny – little wonder he’s popular.