Pitman's confidence in Flying Ibis backed up by Johnson

Chris Johnson will once again team up with Flying Ibis at Riccarton on Friday.
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Chris Johnson will once again team up with Flying Ibis at Riccarton on Friday.

Michael Pitman is tipping a much better home track showing on Friday from Flying Ibis.

The Riccarton horseman, who enjoys a successful training partnership with his son Matthew, is expecting the seven-year-old to go close to victory in the skilled hands of Chris Johnson in the Yesberg Insurance Celebrating 30 Years Open Mile.

Flying Ibis was a winner on the course three runs back and then placed before he was out of the money in the Listed Great Easter Stakes.

"He had to be re-plated before the race, which wasn't a major deal, but the track was very puggy and it will be totally different this time," Pitman said.

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"The horse is very well and Chris is sticking with him. He's number one down here and he could have ridden three or four others in the race."

The stable will also be represented by Night Nurse, who will be partnered by Samantha Wynne.

"She's no good until she gets out into the open and drawing eight of eight will help. I expect big improvement from her," Pitman said.

Meanwhile, Dynamic is his choice of three runners in the Join The Club Membership Now Available Open Sprint.

"He's definitely the horse to beat," Pitman said, "He's very honest, he's got a great record at Riccarton and Parvesh Shaikh is the most under-rated rider jockey down here.

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"Enzo's Lad is a chance for some of the money and he'll be going out for a break after this while Jazzman is one dimensional.

"He just jumps and runs and if he gets a break on the turn he's dangerous."

– NZ Racing Desk.

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