Thornton Guides Wild Flyer To City Win

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has had a “breakout” year in and has added to it with a win on Wild at the final city meeting of the season.

The 22-year-old spent 14 months riding in before deciding to return home to Victoria early this season last September.

He has ridden 101 winners in the state during the 2017/18 campaign including notching his eighth metropolitan victory at on Saturday.

The win on two-year-old filly Wild Flyer in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot (1400m) took Thornton's overall season Australia-wide to 112.

His previous best was 68 winners in 2016/17.

“It's been a pretty good breakout season for me,” Thornton said.

“I'll have a full 12 months here next season and I'll see where I get to.”

Wild Flyer ($8.50) was second on debut at on a soft track earlier this month and after sitting outside the leader Social Spin in Saturday's race she kicked strongly in the straight.

Wild Flyer defeated Ruban Bleu ($2.70) by three quarters of a length with another length to D'Grammy ($16) third.

“She's a nice filly,” Thornton said.

“I knew she would improve back on top of the ground today. I was actually pretty confident coming into today.”

Trainer is Wild Flyer will be better next preparation and admitted he was a little surprised by the victory.

“I came here thinking if she could run well that would be great and then she could go to the paddock for a break but she's really showed the benefit of that first-up run and she couldn't have done any more today,” Dwyer said.

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