Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Our Flair, a Mind of His Own

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Our Flair, a Mind of His Own

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THERE are many times owners and trainers should thank premiership-winning jockey Raymond Spokes for guiding their horse to a win, but yesterday he didn't want any pats on the back.

After Our Flair stormed down the outside past race favourite Floral Insight in the opening race of the day at Coffs Harbour, Spokes admitted taking the wide run wasn't his idea.

aHe (Our Flair) just put himself out there,a Spokes admitted.

aIf I stop and straighten him he'll pull up.

aHe's a very green horse who still needs the blinkers, but I wasn't interfering with anyone so I just let him drift.a

It was a big run, too.

Trailing off worse than midfield, the Strategic colt let down beautifully once he found his balance in the straight and simply swamped the field to win by two-and-a-half lengths with third a further length-and-a-half away. …

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