26 August 2018
FLAMING SPEAR landed the £100,000 seven furlong handicap at Goodwood yesterday to give the Tony Bloom-owned chestnut his biggest payday to date.
The six-year-old son of Lope De Vega went off the 4/1 joint favourite but he is not the easiest horse to train. This was just the Spear’s third run for Dean Ivory since leaving Kevin Ryan but a patient approach by the trainer and his staff was rewarded yesterday for his Brighton Football Club owner.
Spear was reluctant to load in the International last time out and the hood came off him rather late. Yesterday, things went much more smoothly and the 4/1 joint-favourite was settled nicely by Adam at the back of the field. Making a move three out, the chestnut was switched to the left of the field and came with a decisive sweeping run down the wide outside. Hitting the front inside the final 100 yards, he won by a length and three-quarters, going away.
As well as coping with the stalls and settling better, better ground was also the key. There’s no doubt Flaming Spear is a very talented horse but he does need things to drop right for him and yesterday they did. The £62,250 first prize was the biggest payday in the horse’s career and as he seems to like these big field handicaps, there could be more big days to come for Flaming Spear. Rated 104, the horse is in the Ayr Gold Cup but Group success looks to be well within his grasp.
This was the stable’s 27th win of the year and took the yard past £400,000 in prize money. If the weather forecasters are right, we’re in for an Indian summer. Hopefully, the yard can enjoy an Indian summer of winners and pass the record number of winners, 39, achieved in 2013.