Raise The Flag progeny to the fore
The Raise The Flag mare Etah James bridged the gap to metropolitan company with a win at Caulfield on Saturday (16/12/2017). Etah James won a $120,000 rating 78 2420m. It was the fifth win in seven starts for Etah James, who is trained at Ballarat by Matt Cumani. The same day the son of Raise The Flag, Broadside finished second in the listed $126,000 Christmas Cup (2400m) at Randwick.
Civil Disobedience, the son of Raise The Flag - Pernote nominated for the New Zealand Derby, won over 2000m at Mornington on December 13.
Londonderry Air, another of the progeny of Raise The Flag, resumed racing on a winning note at Wingatui three days later after a four month break from racing. Londonderry Air has now won 4 of his 10 starts since joining the White Robe Lodge stable of Brian and Shane Anderton. The win of Londonderry Air over 1500m on Friday augured well for his prospects over more ground.
Stablemate Patrick Erin (Gallant Guru - Mega Babe) was impressive in winning over 2200m at Wingatui on Boxing Day in his final lead up race to the $250,000 Wellington Cup(3200m) on January 20.
Patrick Erin was held up until near the 150m after racing sixth on the outer. He flew home under 60kg to win by three quarters of a length.
Patrick Erin has been re-rated two points to 101. He is now the second equal top rated horse in the Wellington Cup with Maygrove. Patrick Erin has won 10 of his 20 starts and $186,875 in stakes.
Maygrove has won nine races and $472,000. Chance To Dance, the top rated horse in the Wellington Cup is rated at 104. He has also won nine races and has a stakes tally of $529,000.
Larrikin, another son of Raise The Flag won at Ashburton on December 22.
The Mist, the 4yr-old Raise The Flag - The Cloud gelding, is now in the Randwick stable of Jon Sargent. The Mist made ground late for fourth over 1400m at Cromwell on December 3 when having his first start.