New Lease Of Life For Flying Yuna

TRAINER Greg Deering was searching for a companion dog when he bought the performed Flying Yuna from Victoria midway through 2020.

Isaac Murphy

3 March 2021

GREG Deering was searching for a companion dog when he bought the performed Flying Yuna from Victoria midway through 2020.

Fast forward to the present and the daughter of Kinloch Brae is making a name for herself as a middle distance chaser and in doing so becoming Deering’s biggest stakes earner on the track.

“I was purchasing another dog from Victoria and almost as an afterthought bought her as well more or less to be a trial companion for some of the other dogs in the kennel,” Deering said.

“I didn’t have much idea what she was capable of. I started her over 331 metres and she wasn’t even panting, same thing over 431 metres at Ipswich.

“Even over the 500 she looked like she was ready to go again, she recovers very quickly from a run.

“When they’re not tired you think they’re not trying, but she always just wanted further.”

Winner at nine of her 55 starts and seven from 35 for Deering, Flying Yuna lines up at Albion Park on Thursday night in a fifth grade 600 metre heat fresh off her dazzling 35.11 win on Monday.

FIELDS AND FORM ALBION PARK THURSDAY NIGHT

“I’ve been quite lucky I was almost going to give her a solo trial Wednesday this week and not have her in on Monday or Thursday, I just wanted to see if she could run 35.20,” Deering said.

“With the scratchings on Monday I thought I’d put her around and she ran 35.11.

“She’s had six starts over the middle-distance at Albion Park and is yet to draw one or two where I think she’d be more than competitive in the company she meets Thursday night.”

Deering holds no fears about the quick back up for Thursday night’s assignment but is concerned about box four.

“She’s ended up in a tough race drawn box four, but she’s only in that race due to her form and can hopefully step up to the mark,” he said.

“Kooringa Lucy is a class above, but you never know from box eight at the six hundred start – she might find trouble.”

Deering is keen to proceed over the middle-distances before eventually testing Flying Yuna’s motor over 700 metres.

“Her next few starts will be over the 600 but a jump up in the next few months is definitely on the cards,” he said.

“For a bitch I picked up for $2000 and didn’t know a lot about she’s delivered in spades, she’s up over $22,000 in prize money after Monday’s win,” he said.

“And she’s not three until May and having only just found her calling I’d say her best racing is in front of her.”