Bazza's 'Flying' Wenty Trial Has Mackay Buzzing

A gob-smacking 23.91 post-to-post trial at Wenty on Tuesday has trainer Jason Mackay convinced he has another potential star in lightly raced Flying Bazza.

Adam Dobbin

10 July 2019

A gob-smacking 23.91 post-to-post trial at Wentworth Park on Tuesday night has trainer Jason Mackay convinced he has another potential star on his hands in the lightly raced Flying Bazza.

The son of Barcia Bale and Mepungia Mia, a brother to three-time group winner Circle Of Dreams, has faced the starter on six occasions for two wins and three placings, the two most recent of those under Mackay’s care since making his way up from Victoria.

“His owner Gary Webb rang me last month and said he might have one worth sending up to me,” said Mackay on Wednesday.

“He sent me up Flying Apollo earlier in the year and she goes alright but I said to him she’s your yardstick, her or better … he didn’t say too much at the time but he said I’d be happy enough with him – he was right!”

A striking fawn chaser that tips the scales at 35 kilos, Flying Bazza debuted for Mackay at Ladbrokes Gardens on June 28, finishing an eye-catching second to Raelee Shearer’s talented Magic Mustang in 29.56.

Then at Maitland last Thursday, in a simply astonishing performance, Flying Bazza gave kennelmate Whiskey Jack what seemed an impossible start in the run before charging home to score by 1 ¼ lengths in 25.21.

“I was watching the race in the car with Milo and my daughter April on the way to Albion Park with Zipping Bailey and turning for home April said to me I think the fawn dog’s going to run him (Whiskey Jack) down,” said Mackay.

“I told her it was impossible but he did … I know it’s a funny thing to say but his run home times are getting around Zipping Garth times. I was on Whiskey Jack because I just thought he’d be off and gone with his sections – he’s no slouch either, 7.72 early at just 18 months old.”

If Mackay needed any further convincing Flying Bazza has a decent future ahead of him he got it in bucket loads at Wentworth Park on Tuesday night.

“23.91 post-to-post with an 11.39 run home at his first look at the track – it’s the quickest I’ve had,” declared Mackay.

“You don’t want to get too carried away but I don’t know where this dog could end up – I like everything about him … he’s still learning but if in the next few months he sharpens up his first section we’ve got a real dog on our hands.”

Racegoers will need to wait a little longer for Flying Bazza’s city debut after he failed to gain a start at Saturday night’s bumper Group 1 program.

And for those that are interested, the TAB have Flying Bazza a $41.00 chance for October’s Million Dollar Chase series at Wentworth Park.

A few dollars thrown his way, even at this early juncture, may well prove good shopping indeed.