Touchstone Farm sire Flying in Perth

Flying Pegasus has been one of the busiest stallions in WA since retiring to Touchstone Farm in 2007 and he wasted no time opening his winning account at Belmont on Saturday.

Absolute Cracker (2f Flying Pegasus – Arabella by Belele) led all the way in the Westspeed Plate (1000m) and held off a determined challenge from In Eden’s Honour (Oratorio) to score by a neck.

Flying Pegasus served 380 mares in his first three seasons and that trend has continued this year.  The Touchstone Farm stallion also had 54 yearlings catalogued for the 2010 Perth Magic Millions which was a record for a first-season sire in WA.

Absolute Cracker was a $50,000 purchase from the Heytesbury Stud consignment at the Perth Magic Millions.  She is out of the Limestone Park homebred Arabella who was a G3 winner of the 1994 WATC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Winning trainer Trevor Andrews named the filly after inspecting her for the first time at Heytesbury.  “I rang the boys at Touchstone and told them I’ve just seen an absolute cracker,” he recalled.  “I’ve got another four by Flying Pegasus at home and they’re all flashy types.  He has a big future as a stallion.”

Flying Pegasus turned full circle when he retired to Touchstone.  He was bred by Bart Cummings and Perth multi-millionaire Bill Wyllie.  They also shared success with G1 winning Danehill filly Magical Miss before Wyllie passed away in 2006.

Flying Pegasus was purchased for $250,000 at the 2004 Inglis Easter Sale by Les Samba.  He was trained by David Payne for wins in the G2 Royal Sovereign Stakes and G3 Kindergarten Stakes and he was also G1 placed in the Canterbury Guineas.

His sire Fusaichi Pegasus is sure to make a name for himself as a sire of sires with Haradasun, Zizou, Enemy Of Average and Flying Pegasus just beginning their stud careers in Australia.  His dam Cashier (Danehill) was a G2 winner of the AJC Silver Shadow Stakes.

Flying Pegasus is currently covering his fourth book at Touchstone Farm at a fee of $8,800