Moody Miss to Fly Down Flemington Straight

Victoria’s premiership winning trainer Peter Moody is confident his stakes winning mare Miss Gai Flyer can resume with a win at Flemington on Saturday, the four-year-old one of the top elects for the $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m), so long as the skies stay sunny.

Miss Gai Flyer

Miss Gai Flyer will be hard to beat in the Aurie's Star Handicap if the Flemington track is firm on Saturday

A winner of four of her nine career starts to date, Flying Spur mare Miss Gai Flyer enjoyed an excellent start to her summer-autumn campaign earlier this year winning back-to-back Black Types in Melbourne.

First up she easily defeated a quality field of then fellow three-year-old fillies in the Listed Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 12 before her narrow victory over Obsequious in the Listed Typhoon Tracy Moonee Valley Fillies Plate (1200m).

Miss Gai Flyer, however, failed when Moody stepped her up to elite company for the first time in March at Rosehill.

Despite her good form in Melbourne, Miss Gai Flyer could only manage to finish 10 lengths away 12th behind Aloha in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), unable to handle the Slow track conditions.

Saturday’s Aurie’s Star will be her first race since and Moody is praying Miss Gai Flyer’s speed won’t be hampered by another Slow track.

Along with the Coolmore upset, Miss Gai Flyer has raced on two other Slow-rated tracks and in each she failed to finish in the money.

“She’s weather-dependent,” Moody said.

“She doesn’t go on the wet at all, so she needs a firmish surface and Flemington’s been giving us that of late so that hopefully it continues on Saturday.”

Drawn ideally in barrier four of 14, Moody’s No. 1 rider Luke Nolen will take the mount on Miss Gai Flyer this weekend as she takes her first look at the famous Flemington straight.

“It’s her first time up the straight, but she’s prepped up nicely,” Moody said.

“She’s really strengthened up and her work here at home has been very pleasing.”

In the current Aurie’s Star Handicap betting markets courtesy of Luxbet, Miss Gai Flyer is the $5.50 second favourite behind in-form Cranbourne galloper Perturbo who is paying $2.90 despite their awkward barrier 10 draw having won the All Victorian Sprint Final at the track last start.

Other Aurie’s Star Handicap contenders at single-figure odds include Peter Snowden’s Canny Lad six-year-old Offenders, Queensland raider Temple Of Boom and Redoute’s Choice gelding State Grade.

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