Galileo stallion Flying The Flag did not receive much outside support in KZN, so it was hardly going to change when he moved down to Advocate Altus Joubert’s Riethuiskraal Stud in the Western Cape.
However, Flying The Flag has enjoyed a fine run lately.
Heading his runners is the Mike Miller-trained grey gelding Strawberry Bear, who as reported on last week was an impressive winner of the Grade 3 Byerley Turk Stakes over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville, downing two big guns in Cousin Casey, from whom he received 6kg, and Jimmy Don (from whom he only received half-a-kilogram). He is from Flying The Flag’s third crop and became his second stakes winner.
Earlier in the season, the former Paul Peter-trained and now Sean Tarry-trained Electric Gold had scored a runner up finish in the Grade 3 London News Stakes over 1800m and a third place in the Grade 2 WSB Gauteng Guineas.
On Saturday, the Gareth van Zyl-trained three-year-old Flying The Flag filly Convocation made it two wins on the trot at Turffontein Inside (over 1200m and 1000m respectively). The 76 merit-rated filly was carrying topweight of 60kg against older horses on Saturday in the 1000m event, a MR72 Handicap for fillies and mares, so it was a decent effort.
However, probably more impressive was the 5,40 length cruise of the Tienie Prinsloo-trained Flying The Flag three-year-old filly I’m The Buzz over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday. She relished the step down in trip and even though beating an overall uninspiring maiden field she did it effortlessly and could be one to follow.
Altus said Flying The Flag had got three of his mares in foal last season.
He said Potala Palace had been an example of a stallion who had virtually been forgotten about until some good performers cropped up, which saw him suddenly getting big books of mares. He hoped the same could happen to Flying The Flag.
He said there was no reason why Flying The Flag should not make it as a stallion considering his pedigree and he had also been a Group 3 winner over 2000m.
His sire Galileo needs no introduction and his dam by Pivotal was a three-times Group 1 winner who produced the five-times Group 1-winning full-sister to Flying The Flag, Magical, as well as the three-times Group 1-winning full-sister to Flying The Flag, Rhododendron.
Interestingly, Flying The Flag’s dam is called Halfway To Heaven, but she is Irish-bred and is not the same horse as Rainbow Bridge, Hawaam and Golden Ducat’s SA-bred dam.