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Fly Like An Eagle filly Wonderful To Fly was unwanted when offered for sale at the 2020 APG Perth yearling sale. She failed to reach her reserve price of $12,000 and was passed in.

Now a three-year-old, Wonderful To Fly is the State’s outstanding filly under the care of Pinjarra part-owner, trainer-reinsman Shane Young.

Young and his daughter Alison are the principal owners among a syndicate of stable clients who are rejoicing in the feats of the filly, who boosted her earnings to $205,554 from eleven wins and five placings from 20 starts when she scored a runaway victory in the $50,000 group 2 APG Sales Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“She had done three preps when we bought her for $20,000,” said Young. “After she had been broken in and given a couple of preparations, I asked breeder Kevin Charles if he had anything for sale.

“He said that he had some youngsters for sale, so I went and had a look at them, and I picked out Wonderful To Fly, an athletic-looking filly.

Wonderful To Fly is the second foal out of the unraced Allamerican Ingot mare Not Now Delilah, whose dam Queen Delilah won ten races and has produced six winners, including Jumbo Operator, who had 43 starts for 24 wins, nine placings and stakes of $313,175.

Wonderful To Fly, the $2.120 favourite, started from the back line in Friday night’s classic in which she settled down in eighth position before making a fast sprint at the 1400m to move to the breeze, with Queeninthecorner ($8.50) setting the pace and being trailed by the $3.60 second fancy Taking The Miki (who had led early).

Young sent Wonderful To Fly to the front 450m from home and she raced away to win by 16m from Taking the Miki, rating 1.55.7.

“I didn’t have a particular plan tonight; I just wanted to keep her out of trouble,” said Young. “When we were in the breeze, we were not controlling the race because Shannon (Suvaljko) wanted to run with Queeninthecorner. I put no pressure on the leader, and Wonderful To Fly was just cruising.

“She was at the top of her game tonight and proved that she is the yardstick at the moment. She will probably have a couple of weeks off now. We have achieved what we set out to do at the start of this campaign.

“Wonderful To Fly will be set for the APG Gold Bullion in April and the Diamond Classic in May, with her main target this year the WA Oaks in October.

“I don’t think that there will be too many sitting outside of her and being able to beat her.”