Electric Flash set to shine for Lam
By ROBIN PARKE
TOPWEIGHT Electric Flash can repeat his winning performance over the longer Happy Valley sprint when he returns to the city track tonight.
A well-credentialled Australian import, Electric Flash won by a neck for Gerald Mosse last time and felt the immediate attentions of the handicapper who upped him seven rating points for the effort.
But it was a good win and left the definite impression that there was more to come. And Electric Flash won the 1,235-metre Classes One and Two event in quite smart time, too.
This is a significantly stiffer test, however, with only one Class Two runner in the combined event and Electric Flash will have to be at his best to score.
He has also drawn out in barrier nine although that is not quite so bad at this start as the three-year-old will be running almost directly into the shallower 975-metre bend.
Trainer Gary Ng Ting-keung, who has not had much of a season to date, has engaged boom apprentice Francis K. S. Lam for the ride and punters will have no reason to worry on that score.
Electric Flash would probably be looking for a little longer than 1,235 metres but trainers these days are almost obliged to take what comes along with lengthy reserve lists dominating a number of races and difficulties ever-present when it comes to getting a guaranteed start in a desired event.
By Australian standards in relation to imported private purchase horses, Electric Flash was relatively lightly raced in his country of origin with only six starts. And he was thought good enough to contest Group One and Two events at the premier Sydney courses of Randwick and Rosehill.
While Electric Flash, a likely improver, is a confident selection, he will still face a race here with the likes of veteran Illico, Jacko and Lucky Optimists involved.
Illico went under to King Prawn last time and that form has been franked by the good run of the winner here last week behind Compradore. And on his last run, Illico should hold Jumble Pet, Django and Jacko who were all behind him.
The weight rise for Illico does not suggest the others can reverse the form over a sprint trip favoured by the Ivan Allan-trained galloper.