Cup Carnival beckons for Flying filly

Nov 06, 2015

HOMEBRED filly Flying Spark will partake in one of the worlds largest racing carnivals when she competes in the Listed $150,000 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Emirates Stakes Day marks the close of the famous four-day Flemington Melbourne Cup Carnival and talented three-year-old Flying Spark is sure to make her presence felt at her fifth run this preparation.

The daughter of Denman has warranted her place in stakes company on the back of a promising campaign racing against the older horses – Saturday’s assignment her first in three-year-old company. World-renowned jockey Craig Williams takes the ride and has drawn favorably in Barrier 6.

“This is her first attempt racing over 1400 metres but her racing pattern and breeding suggests it will be advantageous as her dam won the Morphettville Guineas over 1600 metres, ” Wingrove Park CEO Joseph Vella explained.

Flying Spark is the first foal from the dam Sparks Fly whose résumé also included a third placing in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes and fifth placing in both Group 1 1000 Guineas and Schweppes Oaks.

The Shane Fliedner trained galloper hasn’t put a foot wrong in four outings and the stable is confident her consistency will continue on Saturday.

“All her races have been creditable and while she’s in good form the opportunity to earn black-type is very tempting,” said Vella.

Flying Spark was beaten in a photo finish on Bendigo Cup Day following on from a luckless fourth at Ballarat after her maiden win.

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