After winning the first race of the meeting held on the Archer Racecourse at Nowra on Sunday 21st August with Konkota, FLYS AWAY, a lightly raced five-year-old out of the Beautiful Crown mare Last Dollars, won the final race of the day, bookending race wins for the Singleton Racing team.
It's been a long time between drinks for FLYS AWAY as her last win was at Canterbury in October 2015, the victory today was her fifth from twenty starts.
The 4kg claiming apprentice, Jean Van Overmeire was booked to ride, lowering the weight the mare had to carry to 57.5kgs. From the 1400 metres start, she would jump from gate one in the field of eleven runners. From the outset, Jean was positive from his inside gate, keeping in touch with the leading bunch of horses.
In fact, approaching the 1200 metres mark, the mare was up running second on the inside of the leader The Big Rig.
It was then the rider eased FLYS AWAY to settle fourth on the fence with a few horses still caught wide. One of those horses Tramp went to the front 1000 metres out.
Jean held his position along the inside, not using up too much energy.
It was status quo until around 500 metres from home.
At that point, the duo came off the fence to be one out with the jockey then taking advantage of a gap ahead of him between The Big Rig on the inside and Bindon to their outside, tracking the leader Tramp directly ahead of them.
Into the stretch and balanced with 250 metres to go FLYS AWAY was in clear galloping room, four or five horses out and beginning to throw down the challenge.
Approximately 50 metres later the mare had headed Tramp and was pulling away. In full flight, FLYS AWAY under the urgings of her rider, sailed past the post one and a quarter lengths in front of the fast-finishing dead-heaters Majestic Reign and Celtic Kiss. Handled very nicely by Jean Van Overmeire, who was born in South Africa, the apprentice showing skills well ahead of his standing.
He obviously has absorbed a lot of experience from his track rider soujourns overseas in England and Hong Kong.
It was a welcome return to winners stall for valued clients Wal and Anne Lanham who bred and race FLYS AWAY ... Congratulations from all at the stable.