Forbes and Pycok Flyer unbeatable

Cambridge Apprentice Alex Forbes is forming a highly successful association with Pycok Flyer, a member of Stephen Marsh’s team.

The talented young rider is unbeaten in three mounts on the nine-year-old and each time he has adopted the same front-running tactics.

The pair combined for the first time at Washdyke on May 11 on a slow track over 1600 metres and the result was a five and a quarter-length win. Forbes was aboard again in the next start, at Riccarton later the same month over the same distance, and back to a  good track he lasted to win by a half-head.

Rory Hutchings, David Walsh and Kylie Williams rode Pycok Flyer in his next three starts and the best result was a second with Williams aboard,.

But with Forbes back in the saddle at Riccarton last Saturday, Pycok Flyer knew it was time to strike again and after making the pace he held on bravely to win the Speight’s Premier by a half-length from Heza Kool Kat.

The win shocked most punters who allowed him to start at odds of better than 26-1, but Marsh wasn’t surprised by the win, Pycok Flyer’s ninth from 70 starts.

“He springs out of the machine (barrier) and puts himself in the race then kicks,” said Marsh. “That’s what makes him hard to beat. He’s also got a great temperament and he seems to be getting better with age. He doesn’t know he’s nine.”

Earlier in the day at Riccarton Wanabefamous lived up to punters’ expectations when taking the Gold Club Premier in a desperate finish with the versatile Waitaha Toa. Wanabefamous was the first win for Mark Du Plessis since returning from Hong Kong and it was minor consolation for missing a start in the day’s feature, the Group Three Winter Cup.

“It’s a tough horse’s day and for a young horse to do that shows he’s a bit special,” said trainer Ralph Manning after the race. “He’s pretty versatile because he’s won on top of the ground, too.”