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Harness Racing: Young charge set To Fly

Trainer-driver Shane Young believes Wonderful To Fly is set for a strong 2022 after putting in an impressive performance at Gloucester Park last Friday night.

Wonderful To Fly had a record-breaking campaign in 2021 when as a two-year-old she picked up an impressive nine wins and three placings from 16 starts.

Group One winner

Those wins included an impressive victory in the group one Westbred Classic and the group three Gold Bracelet, beating Taking The Miki on both occasions.

The champion filly picked up just over $159,000 in winnings and Young, who is also a part-owner of Wonderful To Fly, is expecting another big year. 

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"To me, that was pretty impressive, running home in 55sec., and she has probably come back better than she was last year," Young said after the race.

"Tonight, she ran that last half by herself when she started to charge a bit, and I’d prefer it if she would relax a bit more. She might have been a bit fresh because she got away with a bit early, and some horses then want to start to roll by themselves. I didn’t turn the stick on her."

Big feature races

In her latest assignment Wonderful To Fly jumped from barrier one and was untroubled as she again beat Taking The Miki by 10 metres.

Young now has his eye on some big feature races for three-year-old fillies and is excited for the year ahead.

"She will race again in two weeks, in a race for fillies, in which she will draw out wide," Young added. "Then she might race against the colt the week before the $50,000 Sales Classic for fillies on February 25. She is on target to go well in that race."

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