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Mile To Suit Promising Hiflyer

Friday, 20th January 2017

Peter Lock will bypass a softer option with Hiflyer to give the talented 4YO his chance over a more suitable distance at Tauranga today, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Te Aroha trainer also accepted with the son of Tavistock at Sunday's Waikato meeting, but he has decided the 1600 metre trip of the C U At The Phoenix On The Strand Handicap was in the best interests of the horse. "The mile will help him and the rail is in the true position at Tauranga whereas it's out 10 metres at Te Rapa," Lock said. "It's also a much better stake at Tauranga and the horse deserves a go at it. It's certainly no foregone conclusion and the horse (Highlad) that's come back from Australia is a quality three-year-old so it won't be easy." He added: "In saying that, I'm very happy with my horse and, safely through this, I'll probably freshen him up and look to a $50,000 race on Derby day at Ellerslie with him and then the Easter [Gr1 Easter Handicap]." Lock has previously stated that the well related galloper is the most gifted horse he has ever trained, and believes he possesses the requisite talent to one day develop into a Group One horse. Bred and part-owned by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan, Hiflyer is by Cambridge Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Tavistock (Montjeu) and hails from the outstanding female family of champion Australian racehorse Might And Power and 4-time Gr1 winning filly Mosheen.

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