Fly By Night (near) comes with a determined run at ClairwoodPICTURE: Liesl King
Fly By Night comes
good in Mercury Sprint
Report: South Africa, Saturday
Clairwood: Mercury Sprint (Grade 1), 6f, turf, 3yo+
Fly By Night (Mike Bass/Anthony Delpech), one of only two fillies in the race, squeezed through a narrow gap on the rails just under a furlong out and then found enough to hold the determined late run of 33-10 favourite Copper Parade and score by half a length.
Showmetheway justified the confidence of former Epsom trainer Mark Dixon by finishing a quarter of a length back in third.
There was drama in the saddling area before the race when ante-post favourite Normanz attempted to jump the barrier between his box and the next one. Not surprisingly, he injured himself in the process and had to be withdrawn. The price of everything else shortened and the winner came down from 10-1 to 9-2.
Fly By Night had disappointed over an extended seven furlongs behind stable companion Hammie's Hooker in the Tibouchina Stakes last time and Bass said: "It wasn't that it was too far for her but something went a little bit awry and it wasn't a true reflection.
"I would think that she will stay in training for another season. She is a sound filly and it's only recently that she has come good."
Bass won the Mercury Sprint with What A Winter two years ago, but he was beaten into third at odds-on in last season's race.