Secret Flyer Scores Upset Monash Stakes Result

July 18, 2011

deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50
bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

New customers only. Exc NSW, SA, WA & VIC. Turnover requirements apply. Promotional T&Cs apply & available on website. Is gambling a problem for you? Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit '

Secret Flyer Scores Upset Monash Stakes Result

Mark Young’s rising eight-year-old warhorse Secret Flyer showed they still had plenty of speed in their arthritic old legs last Saturday with an upset win in Caulfield’s Sir John Monash Stakes.

Secret Flyer

Secret Flyer overcame their age and the odds to win the 2011 Sir John Monash Stakes

Beating home a small but quality field of younger rivals Secret Flyer ($5.50) was ridden expertly by Luke Nolen, regular jockey to the world’s best racehorse Black Caviar, to finish a full length clear of the Darren Weir-trained Rue Maple ($13).

A further three-quarters of a length away third was David Brideoake’s $3.40 race favourite and Lightning Stakes placegetter, Octagonal filly Warm Love.

Secret Savings gelding Secret Flyer has now won 11 of their 38 career starts, Saturday’s well-deserved sprint win boosting their career earnings to over the half a million dollar mark ($529,023) and making them a dual stakes winner following their earlier victory in the 2009 Kensington Stakes.

“He’s got a lot of heart the horse, he really has,” Colac-based Young said on Saturday.

“What he lacks in class he makes up in competitive edge.”

It was a big effort from the injury-prone galloper who has battled with leg injuries and arthritis over his entire career.

“He’s got feet problems, and when you have them you’ve got problems for life,” Young explained.

“He’s got arthritis in both front joints.

“One’s more significant than the other, but it’s manageable.

“He’s on all the joint powders.

“If he was a stayer and you had to put the work in him he wouldn’t be here.

“He’s a fairly naturally fit horse so he doesn’t need much work.

“He trialled super at Geelong the other day and we’ve just swum him since.”

The Sir John Monash Stakes was Nolen’s first time aboard Secret Flyer, and he rode him spot on allowing early front-runners Gold Trail and Warm Love to set the pace before peeling him around the leaders on the bend to explode away on the straight.

“It was pretty easy in the end he probably had a look when he got there, because he was presented with the race,” Nolen said.

“Off the farcical tempo, I thought they’d be harder to run down at weight-for-age, but he rose to the challenge.”

The 58.5kg topweight of the field, Secret Flyer won the Sir John Monash Stakes in a time of 1:04.37 which was almost three seconds outside the track record set by Here De Angles.

Secret Flyer handed Nolen back-to-back Monash Stakes wins following his victory aboard the now retired Reward For Effort, the 2009 Blue Diamond Stakes winner that was prepared by Peter Moody.

Young named the $125,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (12000m) at Caulfield on August 30 as the next race target for Secret Flyer, but said track conditions would determine whether the veteran ran in the feature.

He also commented that connections had no retirement plans as yet for the horse and they would be guided by how Secret Flyer pulls up after each run and prep.

“It’ll come to an end one day, they all do,” Young said.

“But we will manage him, ignore last spring and autumn, perhaps go to Sydney, anywhere there is give in the ground.

“Every run he has on a firm track is like having three.

“He’s only had 30-odd starts.

“From the knees up he’s a very sound horse.”

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal for Magic Millions Sprint Winner Viddora

Young South Australian horseman Lloyd Kennewell has named Sydney’s 2018 The...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Horse Racing Today

Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fan...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fanatic wins for Walker and Lindsay Park

The Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup over 3200m will be run at Morphettville in...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018 Adelaide Cup betting

The Lindsay Park trained Fanatic is a firm favourite in the betting for...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Re...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Results at Flemington: Harlem scores upset win in Australian Cup

The Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the Group 1 $1.5m...

A field of 9 for 2018 Canterbu...

A field of 9 for 2018 Canterbury Stakes

A field of nine will line up in Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 Bisley...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field