His return to form now means the Cambridge horseman is left with several options following the 5-year-old’s nose victory in last Friday’s feature trot at Cambridge Raceway – the $15,000 Dunstan Muscle’N Shine Handicap.
“He’s better than ever. Mind you we were quite confident going into the race. In fact every time we have lined him up we have always thought he could win. It was just a shame he copped that blood disorder and travel sickness on the way south.
“We are now left with several options. It’s just so good to have him back to where we know he should be.
“We’ve spoken to the owners and we are still undecided as to where he will line up next. I’d rather not reveal our plans until the owners have made up their minds. We hope to make that decision later in the week,” said Dickie who co-trains Flying Isa at Cambridge with his son Josh.
It was the son of Pegasus Spur’s 11th win from 34 starts and first from two starts on his home track. He’s now amassed $325,529 in stakes.
Dickie always believed Flying Isa had the potential to go a long way in the open trotting ranks. He said he was leading 2-year-old, winning eight of his 11 races and $153,310, and then got injured at three when he had two unsuccessful starts.
“He’s had his troubles alright and that’s been a shame because he’s always been an exciting horse.
“I thought he would go well on Friday because he had been working well and eating up. Josh drove him to perfection,” Dickie said.
It certainly was an inch-perfect drive from Dickie junior. Dickie got Flying Isa up in the last stride after Nicky Chilcott thought she had won behind the Alan Clark trained The Fiery Ginga.
Flying Isa triumphed by a nose and 5-1/4 lengths from The Fiery Ginga and favourite Sovereignty (Maurice McKendry). Oto Invasion was two lengths back in fourth.
Flying Isa trotted the 2700m stand in 3.27.4 for a 2.03.6 mile rate. His last 800m and 400m were 59.6 and 29.4.
Dickie (Josh) said he always had faith in Flying Isa.
“He showed them what he is capable of. I’m quite excited about his future open class races. He showed in last year’s Anzac Cup what he was capable of when finishing second behind Stent.
“He’s definitely a much better horse this year. He felt different in the warm-up. He was pretty sharp alright. Even though we just got there I was pretty confident at the top of the straight he would win.
“I think he’s in for a big 2014,” Dickie junior said.
Flying Isa is owned by Jack and Jo Davies, Jonathon Hope, Jenny Sutherland, Linda German, and Jo Taylor. He was bred by Kym Kearns.
The Dickies had two winners on the night. Their 5-year-old Real Desire mare, Voluntad was also a convincing victor of the $10,000 Christian Cullen @ Nevele R Stud pace for fillies and mares.
By Mike Grainger