Carry Me Bluey – son of the late Lyndhurst stallion Carry The Flag – confirmed himself one of Brisbane's most promising young horses with a barnstorming victory in the 1600m handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Sent out a hot odds-on favourite on the back of an eye-catching and unlucky second in the Listed Recognition Stakes at his previous outing, the Norm Hilton trained four-year-old overcame a chequered passage to win the Quality Handicap in determined style – proving too strong for the in-form Hidden Kisses (by Hidden Dragon) who provided Lyndhurst stallions with a quinella.
Still well back straightening, Carry Me Bluey made his run along the rails, not enjoying the smoothest of passages but really diving through when the gap came – impressing racegoers and connections alike.
"It was the skinniest little gap," said Hilton, jockey Chris Munce adding that "when he got his head in there he really charged through."
Due to again tackle Listed company in the Bernborough Handicap at Doomben on New Year's Eve, Carry Me Bluey (who has now won seven of 19 and just short of $200,000 in stakes) may then head to the Sydney autumn carnival with the Gr.1 Doncaster Handicap his main aim.
Also aimed at the carnival is Carry Me Bluey's talented stable mate Bold Glance, Sequalo's tough dual stakes winning son.