What great form Carry The Flag’s son Carry Me Bluey is in at present, at Doomben on September 17 the up-and-coming four-year-old recording his second smart city win in a row.
Also successful at Eagle Farm on September 3, the Norm Hilton trained gelding was caught wide in the early stages, forced to make an early run – circling the field to sit outside the leader and doing a fair bit of work.
But there was still plenty left in the tank, Carry Me Bluey at his first attempt at the mile taking the lead near the 200m and racing away to a soft one length victory.
That’s five wins from 15 starts and he was impressive enough to earn a short break before a crack at the Brisbane summer series. And beyond that, a trip to Sydney may be on the cards as stable mate Bold Glance (a dual Listed winning son of Sequalo) recovers from fetlock surgery.
“Depending how he goes next campaign I'd like to take him to Sydney with Bold Glance next autumn,” Hilton said. “Bold Glance will be going back for the Doncaster and probably the George Ryder and I’m hoping Carry Me Bluey will be there with him.”
“He is a very versatile horse,” he added, “and I’ve got a big wrap on him. I will put him in the paddock for three weeks and he’ll have about six weeks to get ready for the summer series.”
The Gr.3 George Moore Stakes, the Listed Doomben Stakes and the Listed Bernborough Handicap are the races Hilton is looking at and he is confident that Carry Me Bluey is yet to reach his full potential – “he’s never been flat out yet.”