Cocky’s Farewell

Cocky's Farewell

It will be bitter sweet when Go Racing veteran campaigner 11-year-old Pycok Flyer has his last race day start this week.

He began his long and illustrious racing career at Otaki on 2 November 2006 and will finish on the same course on Thursday over his favourite distance of 1600 metres.

Says Racing Manager Albert Bosma fondly, “This will be Cocky’s  88th start having raced for an incredible nine consecutive years.”

“Pycok Flyer has won ten races and $105,000 in prize money. If he can win this final race, which is unlikely for the old boy, and clocks up 11 wins he will became Go Racing’s most successful horse of all time.”

Win, lose or draw, Pycok Flyer has been a firm favourite at Stephen Marsh’s racing stables especially with jumps jockey and handler Troy Harris.

Says Stephen, “We’ll definitely miss him around the stables. He has such a passion for racing, he’s a really determined character and a total gentleman.”

A well-earned show jumping retirement has been planned for Pycok Flyer in Otaki with one of the owners, Alastair Bridge.

Former owner Brett Gray, who sadly died in 2011, would have been chuffed with Cocky’s career.

Says Albert, “We often joke that Brett is riding him from heaven. We thought it appropriate that Go Racing should sponsor Cocky’s last race which will be called the Brett Grey Memorial/Farewell Cocky Rating 75 1600m. Here’s hoping Brett can ride him home to victory one more time.”