Cyrl Flower success for WATERMAN’S

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WATERMAN’S BAY was second favourite for the listed Cyril Flower Stakes over 1200 metres at Ascot on Saturday.

Before the race connections were anxious about the wide barrier, so much depended on the skills of jockey Troy Turner. Once the barriers opened, our worries were over, as Troy reined back WATERMAN’S BAY and dropped him into a perfect spot, six back and on the rails. Peggy’s Dream, the hot favourite, led from the start, trying to make all from barrier 1. The mare was still leading early in the home straight, but Troy angled WATERMAN’S BAY out into the clear, and the Eternity Range gelding gathered the leaders in very quickly. By the 150 metre mark he had the race in safe keeping, and won by a comfortable length from the fast-finishing outsider Sir Hallowell.

A terrific success for all concerned, thanks to a 10 out of 10 ride by Troy Turner, and another superb effort by WATERMAN’S BAY.

Owner-breeeders John and Sharon Molloy are naturally thrilled with their horse, who has now won over $350,000 plus bonuses, and may be on track for the Bunbury Stakes despite the concern about the 1400 metre distance. Peter and Matt have done a great job preparing WATERMAN’S BAY for each assignment this campaign, and are of course delighted to win their second Cyril Flower Stakes.

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