Moonee Valley Flyer spotlights Zupaone

Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon prepared three first-time winners on Friday and he saved the best until last with brilliant youngster Eclair Flyer.

Mary Street (Iglesia) landed the first-leg at Mornington before Proud Albert (Magic Albert) and Eclair Flyer (Flying Spur) completed the treble at Moonee Valley’s night meeting.

Eclair Flyer (3g Flying Spur – Shizu by Manntari) won the Essendon Mazda 55 Hcp (955m) on ability alone.  He was racing around a corner for the first time and took time to balance up before clearing out in the straight.

Smerdon produced the gelding first-up after a 30 week spell.  At his only other start, Eclair Flyer was unplaced down at the Flemington straight in May.

Eclair Flyer is a younger brother to Flying Spur sire Zupaone and was a $300,000 buy from Vinery Stud at the 2009 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

Zupaone will have his first crop catalogued for the upcoming yearling sales.  He retired to Hollylodge Thoroughbreds after winning 5 of his first 9 starts including the G3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville.

“Looking at his yearlings, you would think that they will hit the track running,” Hollylodge owner Christine Nevill said.  “We have some nice types by him heading to Adelaide for the Magic Millions.”

Arrowfield stalwart Flying Spur is firing with his Queensland based son Jet Spur (Glenlogan Park) and next in line is Primus (Chatswood) who has his first crop ready to run this season.  

Joining Zupaone with their first yearlings in 2011 are fellow Flying Spur sires Casino Prince (Patinack) and Magnus (Eliza Park).

Zupaone and Eclair Flyer are from G1 VATC One Thousand Guineas winner Shizu.  The NZ bred mare died after foaling a Testa Rossa colt in August 2008.

Meanwhile, Flying Spur’s 13th crop of yearlings are catalogued for next month’s Gold Coast Magic Millions.  Topping the bill are Vinery Stud’s half-brother to G1 SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Tully Thunder (Lot 179) and the Strawberry Hills colt from Lindsay Park flyer I Got Chills (Lot 235).

The Arrowfield draft of Flying Spurs at the Gold Coast includes a three-quarter sister to Caulfield G3 winner Get Square (Lot 293).  The latter is a Redoute’s Choice horse standing at Wattle Brae Stud in Queensland.