Flying Spur Offspring Soar

A pair of Flying Spur fillies provided an historic 1-2 for their sire in the Vinery-sponsored One Thousand Guineas (Aust-I) at Australia's Caulfield Racecourse on Wednesday.

All Time High rocketed home to win the AUS$500,000 classic by a widening two lengths, leaving the high-profile Arrowfield stallion's other representative, Ponton Flyer, to hold the other 13 at bay. She did, by a short head from Tanith, a daughter of Chief's Crown.

Until the 55th edition of the VATC feature, no stallion had sired the quinella. Flying Spur was last season's Australian champion freshman sire with 14 winners of 22 races and earnings of more than AUS$1.6 million. That total made him fourth overall behind Dehere and Danehill on juvenile sire lists.

Flying Spurs four stakes winners were fillies, with French Braids and Ponton Flyer leading the pack. The Guineas was Ponton Flyer's third supporting role in group I company as the Barree Stud-bred and-raced filly was also second in the Blue Diamond and VRC Sires' Produce.

The Flying Spurs share the same maternal grandsire in Northern Spring, from All Sold and Currabahah. The winner was bred by Lex Tall, also the breeder of Blue Murder, the Bluebird son to win the South Australian Derby (Aust-I).

Flying Spur's first-generation quinella arrived within a week of his initial success in Japan, with Field Spurt, a 30,000 guineas English breeze-up purchase by Koichiuro Hayata winning at Kyoto. Field Spurt is from the first of three crops left by Flying Spur at the Irish National Stud. He did not return to the Northern Hemisphere this year.

A stakes-placed winner of eight races, All Sold now has a pair of group I winners. Her What a Guest son, All Our Mob, was an always courageous four-time winner at the highest level, earning more than $2.5 million. She also has another graded winner to Archregent.

All Time High was purchased privately for $110,000 at the 1999 Australian Easter sale, by agent Denis Roberts. It turned out to be his only purchase. The agent took in a couple of partners and sent her to Russell Cameron to train. The Guineas gave Steven Arnold his first group I success.