Carry The Flag, a winner of the Singapore Gold Cup after earlier racing well in Great Britain, could be on the threshold of his best success as a sire. Although this resident of the historic stallion yards at the Kruger's Lyndhurst stud at Warwick in Queensland had his oldest 5-year-olds in 2008-09, his representation from small books of mares to date has provided him with restricted opportunity.
This is a big contrast to his usage at Lyndhurst in 2006, a year he looked after a big book of 130 mares for a 92.0% fertility.This crop, 2-year-olds of 2009-10, can be expected to give him much greater exposure in Australia. It is exposure which has suffered in the past because many of his progeny went to Singapore.
In Carry the Flag's first four seasons he started off with a book of 18 and followed with 26 (100% fertility),19 and 15. He ended up with about only nine potential first crop offspring out of which has come five runners, all of which have won. They have been Royal Smile (a good Singapore sprinter whose seven wins included a Group 3 event), Carry to Glory (at two won at Caloundra and third QTC T.J. Smith Sfakes-Gr.1), Carry on Victory (won Singapore, Malaysia), Myeongseo Gonju (three sprint wins Korea) and Juluka (Queensland country winner; second Townsville at two).
Carry the Flag's good strike rate has continued with his second crop, one which has supplied 10 winners and three others placed from 16 runners.They have included the very smart Carry on Kosa (at two won at Eagle Farm, Doomben and Toowoomba and finished second twice at Eagle Farm), Carry on Glory (two wins and eight seconds Singapore), Triple A (two wins, three seconds Singapore), Carry on Smile (winner and four seconds Singapore), Carry on Winning (won Malaysia), Blue Flag (won Malaysia, third Singapore), Orchestramanuver (won Singapore), Carry on Kenzie (won Ipswich) and Carry on Dancer (two seconds and a third at Caloundra).
All Carry the Flag's winners to date have been successful in the 800m to 1400m range and have included smart performers at two. Although himself performed best at middle distance, he showed considerable promise with two wins in Great Britain from his four outings at two.
He was a stakes second in Italy and unplaced in their Derby at three, but then returned to the winner's stall in two good handicaps in England, the Kempton Rosebery Stakes (2400m) and Coomore Stud Shergar Cup (2200m), at four before being sold to Singapore and ending the year by taking out their Gold Cup.
Carry Flag appears to be the only proven sire standing in Queensland this year representing the male line of Nijinsky, a force welcomed in pedigrees around the world. It comes down through Nijinsky's son Caerleon (won the French Derby and second Irish Derby) and then Carry the Flag's sire Tenby. Tenby was unbeaten in his three outings at two, including a commanding victory at Longchamp in the Group1 Grand Criterium,
Carry the Flag, fee only $2,200, appeals as good proposition for breeders who want to enjoy breeding and racing at a modest cost. He stands at Lyndhurst with one of Queensland's best sires, Sequalo (fee $15,400) and the exciting prospect Hidden Dragon ($8,800). Due to have his first runners appear as juveniles over the next year, Hidden Dragon is a Danehill who raced well at top level in Hong Kong.