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Lock has big plans for exciting galloper

19 March 2017, 2:10 p.m.

Trainer Peter Lock believes his exciting galloper Hiflyer is still six months from his best despite his charge producing another stunning winning performance on the weekend.

Lock has made no secret of the high regard he holds for the Tavistock gelding who burned a quality line-up of rating 85 gallopers at Te Rapa in a blistering 1.34.13 for the 1600 metre journey of the Foster Maintain sponsored contest.

Hiflyer Photo: Trish Dunell

Settled nicely on the rail in midfield by rider Rory Hutchings Hiflyer enjoyed a comfortable run throughout before he was asked to improve approaching the point of the home turn. Hiflyer quickly burst to the lead and put the result beyond doubt with 300 metres to run with Hutchings afforded the luxury of easing his horse down as they hit the line six lengths clear of the chasing pack.

“He’s a very special horse and could well be a Group One winner by this time next year,” enthused Lock.

“I had dinner with his owners on Saturday night and said to them that he is still far from fully matured and you won’t see the best of him for another six months.

“He still does a few things wrong at home and in his races but he is learning all the time and I think with a good winter spell he will be the real deal for his next campaign.”

Lock is in two minds as to where he goes next with his charge with the possibility of sending him straight to the spelling paddock one of his options.

“We had been thinking about tackling the Easter Stakes at Ellerslie for his last run in this campaign but I’m in two minds about it,” he explained.

“He would go into the race at a disadvantage under the set weights and penalties criteria as he would be pretty close in the handicap to horses who have won at the top level. While it is very tempting to have a crack when he is in this type of form the better option might be to tip him out now.

“We think he is good enough to be a threat in some of those big races during the Hawkes Bay Spring Carnival so what we do next will be with that in mind.”

Lock also reported promising winter galloper Mr Luigi was back in work as he progresses towards a winter campaign.

“He had a three quarter pace gallop on Saturday and looks a picture,” he said.

“He has come back in great order and looks ready to go for this winter. I think he has the ability to win a good race so we will bide our time until the tracks get wet and then you will see him step out.” – NZ Racing Desk