He has an ambitious and seemingly impossible target tomorrow in the Golden Rose but that could be just the first time Flight Of Pegasus is thrown into the deep end on a spring campaign which could extend all the way to the 2011 Victoria Derby.
His trainer Scott Aspery is nothing if not optimistic but he genuinely believes his horse is capable of competing at the top level.
Courage isn’t something he is short of that’s for sure, he had a good paying job as a mortgage consultant in Sydney but threw it all away to take up a minimum wage stable hand position.
It was no short and no easy ride from there to where he is now either with a number of stints working for trainers around New South Wales.
Gai Waterhouse, John O’Shea, Bart Cummings and Graeme Rogerson are all some of the people he worked under during a seven year apprentice period and now he’s back to try and beat them at their own game.
“They all have different personalities. I learnt a bit off all of them but probably John O’Shea taught me the most,” Asprey said.
Ironically O’Shea has Foxwedge in tomorrow’s Golden Rose Stakes, one of five rivals far more heavily fancied than Flight Of Pegasus in the markets.
In fact he’s nearing triple figures right now with online bookmaker Luxbet.
Aspery has overcome the odds before though since growing up in Casino where his dad Rupert has a hobby trainer.
He went to univerisy and studied a Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in fishery management and aquaculture before moving to Sydney when aged 24.
Once there he spent a full three months looking for a job but after a string of rejections he fell back into a banking job.
“I had two years with Westpac Bank and then joined a mortgage consultancy firm called Mortgageport,” Asprey said.
It was there that the racing bug bit him again though after conversations with the owner of the company Glen Spratt.
After mentioning he had dreams of one day turning professional as a trainer Spratt told him should that day come he’d give him a horse.
Twelve months ago it turned into a reality after his hard slog finally resulted in him being awarded a training license.
Spratt kept up his end of the bargain as well and gave Aspery a nice Flying Spur colt, a horse that would later be named Flight Of Pegasus.
He won on debut at Wyong but has since struggled in three starts, to be fair though all of them coming at metropolitan Group 3 level.
He was comprehensively beaten by three of his rivals tomorrow last start in the Run To The Rose but Aspery refuses to give up.
It’s this type of attitude that will drive him through the rest of the spring as well with nominations for the Caulfield Guineas, Cox Plate and the 2011 Victoria Derby.
Flight Of Pegasus may be a long shot now but should he cause an upset tomorrow or even run close his 2011 Victoria Derby odds will plummet.
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