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Hiflyer held up by flight delays

  • Mon, 09 Jul 2018
  • Caryl Williamson
Hiflyer's first Australian campaign has been held up by flight delays.

Hiflyer's first Australian campaign has been held up by flight delays.

Peter Lock has arrived in Sydney to get Hiflyer ready for the Winter Stakes, but unfortunately the horse is still stuck at home as flight delays continue to ambush the plan.

Lock said the original flight, which would have had Hiflyer in Sydney by 6.30am this morning, had been cancelled.

"There was another flight at 9.30, but that was cancelled and then the 3pm one was also cancelled," Lock said.

"There is another one supposed to leave New Zealand at 3am, but it's doubtful because it's in Hawaii with a hydraulic problem.

"Luckily we worked him this morning and he's in his stable, not stuck at the airport, so hopefully if he gets here in time, I'l assess him and go from there."

Part-owned by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan, Hiflyer is a dual Group Three winner and also Group One placed in the Thorndon Mile. He won his most recent start over 1200 meres in an open handicap at Ruakaka, carrying 61.5 kilograms, on June 16.

Despite his record, Lock is puzzled by his high rating for Sydney, with Hiflyer on top in the Winter Stakes on 106.

"It means he will get about 61 (kilograms), coming off a $30,000 race at home to a $150,000 race in Sydney," he said.

"It's a fair bit of weight and he's not a big horse. I thought the handicapper might have got us mixed up."

All going well, Hiflyer will be ridden by regular partner Johnathan Parkes in what Lock hopes can be an extended Sydney campaign.

"Hopefully he gets here and we'll know more on Wednesday where we are going," Lock said.