After putting in a few indifferent performances so far this campaign in the Bairnsdale and Hamilton Cups, trainer Michael Moroney decided to make a few small changes to Flashy Fella’s gear, removing the blinkers and attaching a tongue tie, and to the credit of his trainer – it worked!!
Jumping away well from the gates and with the blinkers removed he settled extremely well behind the good tempo set up front by Michelle Payne’s mount Quick Shakes.
Although striking a little interference when make making his run, the Thorn Park gelding knuckled down well to record a length victory in Sunday’s Ararat Cup (2000m), his third victory from 18 starts.
“He’s got a lot more class than he’s been showing in his recent runs so it’s good to get him back on track.” stated jockey Damian Lane after the win.
Having not won since March 2012, Flashy Fella had always exhibited a level of class, indicative of his second in the Group Two Western Australian Derby at the end of his three-year-old season.
Secured from the 2010 New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale for $50,000, literally an hour after securing yesterday’s Group Two Matriarch Stakes winner Girl Gone Rockin’, the two have collective won connections in excess of $500,000 in total during their careers to date – and it looks like they may have just started hitting their straps!!
Congratulations to all involved in the victory of Flashy Fella, not only trainer Michael Moroney and jockey Damian Lane, but fellow owners Nigel Austin and Sam Curwood.