Horse Racing

A bumpy but winning 'Flight'

Observer writer

Friday, June 22, 2018

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The Michael Bernard-bred and -owned precocious three-year-old filly Nuclear Flight made it two wins from two starts with a plucky run after a poor start in an age group, non-winners of two call at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

Last to leave the gates, Nuclear Flight worked her way forward on the outside under Wesley Henry as smooth as silk to find racing room in mid-pack after settling down for the drive.

But no sooner had she started to unwind the space was shut tight, and she had to find an alternative route by turning outside — though still in a good position — to be competitive. Nuclear Flight then found the room she sought leaving the final 200-metre marker and galloped on strongly to defeat Son Son and Drone Strike.

“It was a pleasing win, to say the least, from this filly,” trainer Subratie observed in a short post-race interview.

“She broke badly, suffered some amount of traffic problems, and had to fine racing room on the outside before getting up in time to win her race.

“This performance shows she has heart — an indication that she could develop into a really nice filly. But let us give her time and then, who knows?” said an optimistic Subratie.

Nuclear Flight, the 7-5 favourite under the in-form, top lightweight jockey Wesley Henry, completed 1,000 metres round in a time of 1:01.1 through splits of 23.2 and 47.1 to take the major share of $491,400 by three parts of a length.

Son Son, ridden by Oneil Scott and returning from an 8 length upset maiden win over 2,000 metres a week ago, went down by the narrow margin for second money over the reduced trip after Nuclear Flight came forward with her final rush.

Second favourite Drone Strike, ridden by the leading rider Anthony Thomas, was third at odds of 8/5, while Garrincha, ridden by Aaron Chatrie, completed the frame as a 5/2 betting option.

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