Childs maintains his strike-rate

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 April, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 April, 1996, 12:00am

Cups king Greg Childs landed the Victorian Racing Club Trophy at Sha Tin yesterday on King Of Flash (7-1) to compensate for an unlucky last start third placing with the Irish import.

Childs' strike rate in Hong Kong trophy races over the past three seasons has been little short of phenomenal and King Of Flash always looked as if he would ensure extra polishing duties in the New Zealand rider's household.

The latest cup was in Childs' grasp some way before he angled off to make his final bid in the Classes One and Two, 1,400-metre main supporting race to the Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

King Of Flash had been blocked for room on the rails at a crucial stage at his last outing when Supreme Monarch won the race and looked almost certainly beaten.

Childs made sure there would be no repeat of that ill luck by having him handy but with the option of going wider out on the main Sha Tin track. And that's what he did to go well clear in the run home and win very comfortably from Endurance (75-1) and Musical Insight (20-1).

Childs said: 'I think it has taken a bit of time to get King Of Flash really right but he was in top form for this and his last run. We were unlucky last time because he had just picked up when the other one came over and closed the gap.

'But he came out of that race really well and I thought we had a good chance today. He did it really well,' he added.

Flops of the race were first and second favourites Straight Way (5-2) and top-weight Bold Saxon (7-2) who finished ninth and second last respectively.

Long-serving trainer Bruce Hutchison chalked up his 13th winner of the season when top-weight Heading To Win (9-1) scored a game win in the sixth event.