Sparky shows plenty after blown start

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 April, 1999, 12:00am

THERE was plenty of money around to suggest that debutant Sparky (5-1) would run well in the opening event yesterday but whatever chance the chestnut had went up in smoke at the start when he came out a good eight lengths behind the field.

Jockey Wendyll Woods must have been tempted to give up the chase but he allowed the two-year-old to make up the lost ground at his own rate and it was a big performance from him to finish sixth, albeit some seven lengths adrift of winner Medic Hero.

On this run Sparky looks sure to win a race before season's end if trainer Lawrie Fownes opts to start the youngster again.

Racegoers were treated to a scintillating display by hot favourite Toy Warrior in the Juvenile Sprint Trophy but the heavily backed Charming City (6-1) is going to be some horse next season.

He had no luck at all in the early stages with Steven King being forced to check back as horses came over from the outside.

As such, he was standing up the winner a big start 400 metres from home and it was a promising effort for him to take ground off Toy Warrior in the closing section of the race.TLP MARK YOUR CARD MARK YOUR CARD