Purchased out of the 2020 APG Sydney Sale, Warrawee Flyer was a modest $9,000 purchase for a large group of owners that includes The Stable.
A Canadian-based operation, The Stable is a fractional ownership group that attempts to bring new and existing owners together in the thrill of horse ownership.
Breaking the shackles of the first win after being based back in Queensland, McCall wasted little time in registering win number two, claiming a training double for the day.
Four-year-old mare Girl From Oz was an impressive winner in the last race of the day, sent to the front from barrier six by driver Mathew Neilson.
It was a demolition by the Heston Blue Chip mare, pulling away from her rivals to record a winning margin of over 16 metres in claiming her sixth career victory.
Another part owned by The Stable, the mare has proven to be an astute purchase as an $18,000 buy from the 2019 APG sale, with Friday’s win taking her earnings past $110,000.
Sent out as a $16 chance, the market underestimated the mare, the win coming just two starts after she claimed a feature victory at Newcastle.
That victory was her last start in New South Wales before joining the McCall relocation, claiming the NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Final at Group 3 level.
With that first return win out of the way, McCall can now get to business with the team he has set up at Tamborine on the property of prominent owner Jeroen Nieuwenburg.
Last time McCall called Queensland home, he took on Bettor Bet Black who would go on to claim 27 race victories and over $400,000 in stakes under his care.
Is there another Bettor Bet Black on the Queensland horizon?
For the majority of the COVID-19 pandemic, racing has been able to continue, thanks to the wonderful work of the participants and the race day staff who have met the requirements asked of them.
Queensland has been particularly lucky throughout 2020 and 2021, with limited exposure to the virus across the state.
Unfortunately, the latest outbreak in the Sunshine State has been rapid and widespread and despite the best efforts of those involved, several local participants have been struck down by the virus.
Following the set protocols and government advice, the Jack Butler stable was the most heavily affected, with ten horses having to be withdrawn from Saturday night’s Albion Park meeting.
Deus Ex had opened as favourite to take another step up in his progressive career, despite landing barrier six in the Free For All event, while Misterfreeze and Jeradas Delight also had to be withdrawn from this same race.
Obi One has been a model of consistency since arriving in Queensland and had drawn favourably in gate two for the increased stakes qualifier, however he was unable to take his place in the field.
Gemma Hewitt looked to have Voodoo Lou in the right race for a breakthrough second up from a spell, but the mare was another to be scratched.
On paper, Brendan Barnes looked to have a strong book on Saturday night with several serious winning chances that evaporated with the withdrawals.
Matt Elkins and partner Narissa McMullen have also been impacted, however have been in the fortunate position that some of their horses have been able to continue racing.
Ideal World tackled the Free For All on Saturday night with Pete McMullen stepping in to take the drive aboard the nine-year-old trained by his sister.
It was another family member - this time sister Taleah - that was able to step in and take the reins for Narissa aboard Le Tissier, making full use of the opportunity to claim an all the way victory.