DOMINANT: Flash Fibian, with Tye Angland in the saddle, races away to win the Harrison’s Joinery 2YO Handicap (1200m). Picture: Les SmithTHE $50,000 Inglis bonus went off as Flash Fibian claimed a popular victory in the two-year-old feature at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Thursday.
The late Bede Murray dominated the two-year-old race in recent years so it was only fitting that his son Paul prepared Flash Fibian ($3.80) to win the Harrison’s Joinery 2016 Inglis Bonus 2YO Handcap (1200m).
Flash Fibian, runner up in the Black Opal Stakes at Canberra, made light work of his 61 kilograms to post a dominant 1¾length victory.
Given he was purchased at an Inglis sale, not only did Flash Fibian pick up the$11,360 first-place cheque but also won his connections the $50,000 Inglis bonus.
Paul Murray was pleased to see Flash Fibian get the job done.
“It was a really good win,” Murray said.
“He will go for a spell now, he’s done a great job.
“He will come back for the three-year-old races.”
The Murray stable has now claimed the Inglis bonus three times in the past four years, after Chosen Song (2013) and Sure And Fast (2014) won the race in previous years.
Murray brought two two-year-olds to Wagga for the race and grabbed first and third, with Can’t Find Snippy ($8.00) grabbing the minor placing.
Ever-consistent Queanbeyan two-year-old No When To Hold Em ($13.00) split the pair to finish second.
Bede Murray trained Flash Fibian up until his passing and it was his last runner when second in the Black Opal at Canberra.
Paul recalled how his dad always had a lot of time for the horse.
“He really liked him. We picked him out of the paddock as a yearling at Stuart Lamont’s when we were down here one year,” Paul said.
“So it’s really good to win this race.”
Stuart Lamont’s Kooringal Stud remained in the ownership and the MTC president was on hand to enjoy the victory.
Lamont brought the mare, Langfibian, in foal and bred the son of Ready’s Image.
Murray believes he will return a better three-year-old.
“He will come back and make a better three-year-old,” he said.
“He’s city class and will get a bit further.”
Tye Angland guided Flash Fibian to victory and it was the second leg of a winning double on Town Plate day.
Angland was impressed by the performance.
“It was a big win with that sort of weight,” Angland said.
“Everything went perfect. He jumped well, got in a great spot and let down well.”
The Murray stable almost grabbed the following race on Town Plate day when Onemore Bopa ($4.60) was edged out when second in the Hillis Motor Group Benchmark 65 Handicap (1600m) behind Croix De Vie ($17.00).
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