Mighty Flying Mac stakes claim for Easter Cup

Mighty Flying Mac stakes claim for Easter Cup

While his last win was six months ago, Mighty Flying Mac turned up at Addington this evening at the top of his game and was too good for new stablemate Franco Nelson.

Away well from his 20m handicap, Mighty Flying Mac trailled stablemate Donegal Jimmy Dave until the 1800m, before strolling to the front. Following a comfortable lead time of 1.17.7, driver Dexter Dunn was able to back off in the first half of the last mile run in 64.9, before putting the hammer down from the 800m. It was a backstraight quarter of 27.1 that was always going to make it tough for his rivals and while Franco Nelson launched a strong claim at the 200m, Dexter was only foxing with his charge, going away again at the line on the back of a 27.8 quarter to win by two and three quarter lengths in a handy 3.15.9 for the 2600m stand.

A recent newcomer to the beach on the recommendation of former trainer Cran Dalgety, Mighty Flying Mac has thrived in his new environment, so much so that John had leaned towards him tonight over the hotpot in Franco Nelson. A winner over 3200m in the past, Mighty Flying Mac will need to step up again next week to take on the likes of Smolda and Locharburn, but it will be no surprise to see him feature again.

Franco Nelson in his first start for two months will have lost no admirers with his run. He was giving Mighty Flying Mac five lengths at the 500m, loomed up to challenge at the 200m and it was only in the last 50m that his condition gave out. Tonight's run is sure to have tightened him up nicely and he looks ready to be a big player also in next week's Group One.

Posted: Fri 18 Mar 2016