Flying Home ready for Members' Cup

Mar 01, 2014

A winter carnival freshen-up looms for Flying Home if the gelding again runs well in Saturday's Tattersalls Members' Cup (1600m) at Eagle Farm.

Trainer Barry Baldwin said Flying Home would most likely be sent for a quick break to prepare for winter targets but only if he shows his ability over the mile course.

"I still think he's more of a 2000-metre horse but he has showed us that he can be very competitive at a mile," Baldwin said.

"His last win was impressive because he just kept trying and he was never in front except for the last stride. He's done well since that race and he has some very favourable weight turnarounds in this race. I'm only worried about the firmness of the track because he won't like it if it's too firm."

Under the Quality conditions, Flying Home improves two kilograms against Anna Lizzie despite beating her last start while he picks up 1.5kg against Borehole since winning their last meeting.

The son of Flying Spur will take his prizemoney to a few dollars short of $300,000 if successful in the Members' Cup.

"We had a battle to get his prizemoney to competitive levels before the last winter carnival but that's not a problem now because he has been consistent for a long time," Baldwin said.

"I'm just keen to see him finish this race strongly and show us that he's definitely still on the way up."