Tough campaigner Carry Me Bluey - a son of the late Carry The Flag - farewelled Queensland with a tough performance at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Having his first start over 2100m, the talented five-year-old charged home over the final stages to salute by half a length under the urgings of Kirk Matheson.
Carry The Flag is the last runner for Norm Hilton from his Toowoomba base, the trainer moving to Newcastle where he will take 16 horses including Carry Me Bluey who he thinks will measure up in better company over distance.
"I've had a look at the programme in Sydney for the autumn and there are several Group races there which look suitable for him now that he can run a trip," he said.
Hilton had been confident that Carry Me Bluey would get ground.
"The way he finished off his last two mile races I thought he was crying out for the extra journey," he said, adding that "there is asuitable race over 2400m for him in Sydney on Australia Day."
Queenslanders have not however seen the last of Hilton and Carry Me Bluey - the trainer intending to bring back the horse to compete over the winter carnival.
Raced by his breeder Bruce Reilly (who also bred and raced Carry Me Bluey’s multiple city winning dam Jillina Blue) with Leo Roche, Richard May and Kenneth Elliot, Carry Me Blue is a half brother to Sequalo’s six times winner Reilly Blue.
A mare who has visited only Lyndhurst stallions - last October producing a Drumbeats colt before a return visit to that exciting young stallion, Jillina Blue was a terrific race mare who won 11 races and over $150,000 during a 40 start career.