Flag Party cause for celebration
By TONY WHITE
AN association with millionaire owner Graeme Mapp, Hobartville Stud and Hawkesbury trainer Garry White led to Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamy picking up a more than handy acquisition in two-year-old Flag Party.
The gelding broke its maiden status in impressive fashion yesterday winning the Westlawn Black & Gold Maiden Plate (1000m).
Bellamy purchased the son of Hurricane Sky from Mapp and White for a Coffs Harbour syndicate including Allan Johnson, current president of Coffs Harbour Racing Club and former president, Jim Sullivan.
The other owners are Bellamy, Glen Clouten, Garry Corrigan, Jim Swan and Ted Monck.
"I've had a bit of an association with Hobartville and we managed to get this horse after negotiations," Bellamy said.
"They had a bit of an opinion of him, but he was immature down there and has taken a bit of time to develop.
"He's a lovely big horse, still a bit gross, but has plenty of scope for improvement."
Flag Party was ridden by Gold Coast-based jockey Chris Whitley, who also partnered the Bellamy-trained Deejay's Girl to victory in the Westlawn Property Trust Maiden (1000m).
Deejay's Girl was bred and owned by Bellamy clients, Ross and Cathy White.
"I trained Deejay's Girl's dam (Pop's Girl). She won three races, but she had a few antics," Bellamy said.
"This filly goes good, but like her mum, can be a handful."
Bellamy, last year's premiership-winning trainer on the Northern Rivers, recalled a conversation with former jockey Barry Courtney regarding Pop's Girl, whom he used to ride.
"I remember Barry laughing and saying at least we've got two years before worrying about training her offspring," Bellamy said.
"Deejay's Girl has her antics but believe me, the mother was much worse."
Proud owner Ross White said Deejay's Girl had always shown ability right from day one but "has had a few problems with wayward manners."
Yesterday the filly was on her best behaviour leading throughout to defeat Solar Plexus and Crowntreno.
Bellamy indicated Flag Party was likely to back up in the Southern Cross Ten Network Plate on Grafton Cup Day.