Fly For Trix Makes It Seven Straight In Brian Johnstone

JANE McNicholl couldn't but be impressed when Fly For Trix ran down a hot field to win Thursday night's Brian Johnstone Memorial at Angle Park.

David Brasch

4 December 2020

JANE McNicholl couldn’t but be impressed when Fly For Trix ran down a hot field to win Thursday night’s Group 3 Brian Johnstone Memorial (515m) at Angle Park.

The son of Fernando Bale and Weblec Rose ran 29.75 to beat Oakvale Blue and Our Boy Wolf but it was the way he did it that most impressed his owner-trainer.

“He does everything right,” said Jane.

“But what most impressed me about him was the way he had to work very hard to win the race.

“He did what he had to do.”

Fly For Trix has now started 21 times for 15 wins and three placings, his past seven in succession, and earned $48,000.

Plans are now for him to take on the Murray Bridge Derby next week, a race restricted to South Australian-breds only.

But the big plan is a possible attempt at the Group 1 Silver Chief at The Meadows in the New Year.

“Back in July I made plans for him to be ready to take on a series of good races around this time and those plans are working out,” said Jane.

She raves about the nature of Fly For Trix.

“You couldn’t ask for a nicer dog,” she said. “His manners are perfect. He’s a real professional and improving all the time.”

The dog was named after his dam Weblec Rose whose kennel name is Trixie.

And the Brian Johnstone victory continues the success of a dam-line Jane has been using since 1978.

“I bred my first litter back in 1978 and it produced True Glow who is Fly For Trix’s eight mother,” said Jane.

She would not compare Fly For Trix with any of those who had gone before her.

“I will never compare dogs from different eras,” she said.

“Take for instance True To Do which ran a track record at Angle Park of 29.72. Lots of dogs run that time at Angle Park these days.”