Murray lays out a Spring Carnival plan

A slashing first-up performance has paved the way for Paul Murray to look towards the Melbourne Spring Carnival with Flash Fibian.

After impressing as a juvenile, the son of Ready’s Image impressed at his first run as a three-year-old in a desperately tight runner-up finish behind highly-rated Kris Lees trained Guard Of Honour at Randwick on Saturday.

Flash Fibian – sent out as a $71 TAB fixed odds outsider – rocketed home in the Listed Schweppes Heritage Stakes (1100m).

“We thought he would run well but thought there would be too much speed,” Murray said.

“We thought he would finish off hard and speaking to the owners we thought we would finish in the first five.

“If he did that we would be very happy and he went better than that so we are right on track for bigger and better races.”

Murray said he will head to the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) with the three-year-old next start before potentially running in the Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m). 

A trip to Melbourne could follow the runs.

“If he goes good in those two he will have an easy two weeks and then we will probably head to Melbourne,” Murray said. 

“We want to try him over 1400m.

“I am getting the calendar sent up to see what is down there for him.

“We will probably give him a couple of runs over the 1400m and maybe one over the mile just to see how he goes.”

Flash Fibian finished second behind Peter and Paul Snowden trained Defcon in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) as a two-year-old. The talented gelding has already pocketed the stable more than $100,000 in prizemoney.

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