Gun Draw Has Perth Cup Hero In Flying Amy Mix

STEVE Withers will be relaxing in a Bali resort come Thursday when Uncle Tommy starts his quest for another G1 success in the Flying Amy Classic.

STEVE Withers will be relaxing in a Bali resort come Thursday night when his latest kennel star Uncle Tommy starts his quest for another Group 1 success when he runs in the heats of the Flying Amy Classic (520m) at Albion Park.

Uncle Tommy (Tommy Shelby-West On Poppy) comes out of the coveted rails draw in his heat of the Classic and the Group 1 Perth Cup winner takes on such Group stars as Hurricane Reign, Stormy Day, August Bob, Sunset Tyson and Kahlo Hayze.


"I flew over with him for the trial on the track last week, but left him with Jamie Hosking for the heat," said Steve all the way from Bali where he is enjoying a family holiday.

"If he makes the final, I will fly over from Perth, after we get back from the holiday, to handle his preparation."

Uncle Tommy heads into the heats off a third placed finish in the Group 2 WA Derby behind Sneaky Emoji on May 18.

"He trialled well enough at Albion Park, but slipped coming out of the boxes," said Steve.

"But, he had raced on the previous Saturday night, was flown to Brisbane on the Monday and trialled on the Wednesday."

Withers will be hoping Tommy Shelby's outstanding son can go better than his sire did during an Albion Park campaign.

Tommy Shelby finished third in the Group 1 Gold Bullion and the Group 3 Match Race series in four starts at Albion Park, winning heats of both races.

He retired to stud with 31 wins and stakes of $1.02 million and has since become the country's boom young stud dog.

Of Uncle Tommy's chances, Withers said the box draw suits and the dog keeps stepping up.

"He is one of those dogs who keeps overachieving, a really, really nice dog," said Steve.

"Not the same talent as his father, but he always seems to find his way through a field and put himself in the race. He enjoys competing."

His victory in the G1 Perth Cup was a huge thrill for the Withers family.

"It is always a huge moment when you win your biggest race at home," said Steve.

"We thought our chance to win it had gone when Tommy retired."

He said a "tank" of 30 Tommy Shelby semen vials had been snapped up in Ireland in January and it is planned to send more soon.

"We have a kennel full of the progeny of Tommy Shelby and couldn't be happier," he said.

"Breeders are working out that the double of Bombastic Shiraz he can provide to his offspring is the great chase aspect we need today.

"So many of his best progeny are bred that way, on a double of Bombastic Shiraz."

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