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Flying Ensign eyes consecutive wins in Launceston tonight

29 / 10 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
Flying Ensign (Ismail Toker) powers home to win a maiden at only his second start icon Click to enlarge

LIGHTLY raced six-year-old gelding Flying Ensign broke his maiden status at only his second start when he powered home to win a maiden at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston two weeks ago.

But what made the win unique was that he was having his second start as a six-year-old.

The patience shown by the horse’s owner-breeders Barry, Enid and David Larter or Woodlawn Park Stud has been exceptional but the gelded son of Flying Spur is on the way to repaying them for their patience.

After his win trainer Barry Campbell was adamant the horse was capable of winning his way to open company.

“He ran a terrific race on debut last December and we had Craig Newitt booked to ride him at his next start on Devonport Cup day but he got cast in his box and we had to tip him out,” Campbell said.

“He is a six-year-old that has had about five preparations because things kept going wrong and we’d have to keep tipping him out.”

“But this time in he’s been trouble free and we saw what he can do last start,” he said.

Flying Ensign weighs in at a hefty 600 kilograms and stands just over 17 hands high.

“He’s a big lump of a horse but he has grown into himself and he’s probably lucky to be racing because many other owners might not have persevered,” Campbell said.

Tonight Flying Ensign lines up in the opening race on the eight event card, the Tasmanian Travelways Class One Handicap over 1220 metres.

He has drawn near the outside gate and will carry 57.5 kilograms courtesy of stable apprentice Ismail Toker’s claim.

The dangers appear to be It’s Flash Al, last start winner Sahara Girl, Moonrise and Arras.

Check out Peter Staples’ tips for the card at Punters Corner.