Pomare Family Delivers Again

16 May 2009

Rotorua trainer Bill Pomare's remarkable run with the "Flying" family continued with the Keeper gelding,
Eye Kept Him, scored a game albeit narrow win in the J Swap Contractors Maiden 1400 at Friday's Matamata race-meeting.

Pomare, a quiet achiever with a great record of success, has achieved many notable victories with the same family over a long period of years.

In fact Pomare has owned and bred the winners of more than 30 races from Eye Kept Him's family, tracing back to the purchase of his foundation broodmare, Flying Beau (by Beaufort Sea), whom he bought for $11,000 at the 1988 Waikato yearling sales at Claudelands.

"I went along to the sale for the ride with Ken Thompson (trainer) and ended up coming home with her (Flying Beau)," Pomare said.

"My late wife used to ride Flying Beau's dam, Flying Idyll, in trackwork for Grant Searle (trainer) and commented what a smart horse she was," he said.


Flying Beau was a winner and finished third in the Gr. 2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes as a two-year-old

Eye Kept Him, ridden by Amelia Denby, became the latest success story with his upset win at odds of 18-to-one at Matamata in what represented the first success of his racing career. His sire, Keeper, stands at Cambridge Stud, and has sired more than 100 individual winners and is again among the leading sires in New Zealand this season.

The most successful members of this family owned, bred and raced by Pomare have included the Listed race winners Flying Free (9 wins) and Shinko Bay (6 wins).