Passed in for $8,000 off a $13,000 reserve at the Adelaide Magic Millions in 2014, the Victorian sired Beautiful Flyer has been a big money spinner for Gary Milroy and his co-owners, including breeder Margot Noack.
Beautiful Flyer recorded the first city winner for Mornington trainer Patrick Caboche when the mare won over 1300m at Bendigo on Saturday.
It was also Caboche’s first start with the seven year-old mare which was transferred to him from Adelaide trainer Len Jarvis.
Beautiful Flyer is by dual Group winner Solo Flyer (Belong to Me) which at the time was trained by Anthony Cummings at Caulfield and ran his last race late in 2009.
Following his retirement from the track, Solo Flyer began his stallion career at Carin Park Stud, near Hamilton, which also stood Rebel Raider for a short time. Carin Park no longer operates as a stud but offers agistment and other equine pursuits for riders under new ownership.
Beautiful Flyer was from Solo Flyer’s first crop and also gave the sire his first victory when the mare won at Strathalbyn in September 2014, at her second start after a 34 week spell.
Solo Flyer’s start to his stud career was modest when he served 27 mares in his first season in 2011 and continued to cover low numbers. He has since relocated to Queensland where his advertised service fee is $2000. He served only four mares in the 2019 season and has covered only 14 in the past five seasons.
He now paddock serves mares in Queensland.
Milroy, who had raced a lot of horses with Jarvis, said his good friend and former trainer also breaks in horses and told him he comes across one real good every 500.
“And that one was Beautiful Flyer,” Milroy said.
“She is just a good, gutsy horse.’’
Milroy said he had picked out Beautiful Flyer as a yearling and went to the Adelaide Magic Millions with the intention of buying her.
“I went with a couple of mates and one of them wasn’t interested and said he didn’t like fillies and mares,” Milroy said.
“So he spent our money on buying a couple of horses that turned out no good on the track.”
Milroy said he offered $7000 for the filly and someone went to $8000 but the reserve wasn’t met and she was passed in.
“Margot said that someone was going to lease her and I’d seen the horse out at Margot’s place and liked her,’’ he said.
“The person who was going to lease her never rang her back for two months and I asked Margot where the horse was and remarked she was still in the paddock, so sold it to me for $7000.
“And I gave her five per cent of the horse for selling the horse to me.”
Also in the ownership of Beautiful Flyer is Milroy’s wife, Jacqueline, and a good friend, Steve Murphy.
Milroy said Beautiful Flyer was obviously the best horse that Solo Flyer had produced from his limited opportunities.
“She is the only one that he can brag about,” he said.
“Solo Flyer was a good horse himself, because he had Sir Tristram and Horlicks in his bloodlines, and they thought he was a derby horse but he just couldn’t run the distance. He holds the record at Newcastle (1:20.980) for 1400m.”
Milroy, a boilermaker/welder who has worked on gas rigs and coal mines for many years, said he named the mare Beautiful Flyer because his wife teaches and flies planes so the Solo Flyer matched up perfectly with Jacqueline.
“And Blow the Budget (dam), is fitting for me, and the filly was born on my late father’s birthday so I I thought I had to buy her.”
Milroy has bred a few horses including one by Puissance De Lune – three year-old Powerful Flyer – is set to make his debut with Caboche next month.
Margot Noack, who is based at Echunga in the Adelaide Hills, recalls how she spotted Beautiful Flyer’s dam, Blow The Budget (Luskin Star) at a neighbour and friend’s property and was told the mare was agisting but believed the owners wanted to sell her.
Margot said she became even more excited when told the mare was by Luskin Star and her dam was by Snippets.
“I thought good grief,” she said.
“I said if she ever wants to sell her, I’d love to buy her and it happened like that. The mare was in foal and the owners said if Margot wants her she can have for nothing as long as she takes her property and we don’t have to pay anything. She can bring up that foal until we want someone to prepare her for the sales.
“That foal was Happy Ending (Happy Giggle) that went to Singapore and won five or six races at least. She was very small but very quick.”
Another of Blow The Budget’s yearlings, by Devaraja (NZ), was bred by Margot and also sold to Singapore.
Margot said she decided with a few friends to send their mares to Solo Flyer and she was particularly impressed with his Sir Tristram line.
“I thought he would go well with the mare and when I looked at him, he was absolutely magnificent so we put our mares to him and the result was Beautiful Flyer,” Margot said.
“He was like a show horse and was a real show off and she has really taken after Solo Flyer and they become better with age.”
Margot said she had wanted to send the mare back to Solo Flyer but sadly passed away in a paddock accident.
She has a half-sister to Beautiful Flyer – Wings Of An Angel by Written Tycoon who has recently had a filly by Noor Elaine Farm stallion, IIovethiscity.
And Margot said while she didn’t make anything from the $7000 sale of Beautiful Flyer, the free five per cent share she has in the mare and the excitement of winning nine races and $480,825 in prizemoney has certainly repaid her.
Like Milroy, she spoke fondly of her former trainer Jarvis who would often say Beautiful Flyer would become jealous if he gave attention to other horses in the stable.
Margot still breeds from another of her mares, Chapent (Peintre Celebre), which continues to produce winners. The mare’s last two foals – Celine and Peaches De Lune – are by Puissance De Lune and she is again in foal to the Swettenham Stud stallion.