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Brisbane On Hiflyer's Radar

Wednesday, 30th March 2016

Meanwhile, Peter Lock also has an eye on the Brisbane winter carnival for his late bloomer Hiflyer (Tavistock-Lady Firebird, by Stravinsky), report NZ Racing Desk. The Te Aroha trainer has the talented son of Tavistock back in work with a tentative plan to head to Queensland later this year. "He missed the good three-year-old races here because he wasn't mentally or physically ready for them," Lock said. Hiflyer has a win and two placings from his three starts and he was turned out after he was narrowly beaten by the subsequent Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes winner Duchess Kate at Ellerslie in December. "He's had three weeks on the water walker at Brad Peterson's place and I've had him back here for a couple of weeks now," he said. "He's ticking over beautifully and looks fantastic. He's filled out a bit, but the main thing is he's come back more settled and mentally matured." He added: "We'll potter around here and give him a quiet trial somewhere and decide after that if he has a run or whether we go straight to Brisbane and have a crack at a race like the Grafton Guineas, but he will need to be spot on to warrant going over there." By Cambridge Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Tavistock (Montjeu) - arguably the most exciting stallion either side of the Tasman - Hiflyer hails from the outstanding female family of champion Australian racehorse Might And Power, champion Hong Kong galloper Lucky Owners, as well as 4-time Gr1 winning filly Mosheen.

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