Griffins don't come much better than Bumper Storm, who took yesterday's final running of the $1 million Kukri Trophy in the style of a very smart sprinter in the making. The Irish-bred son of American stallion Great Commotion made all the running in this 1,200-metre event to score by 21/4 lengths from the more seasoned Coach Maniac, who ran on well for second, a head in front of Born To Win with Danzighill fourth. The manner of Bumper Storm's victory could not have been more impressive and he could be a top Class One sprinter. After all, he's run only three races in his life, won all of them and improved significantly from run to run. And as trainer Patrick Biancone pointed out immediately after the race, he did it the hard way yesterday, making his own running and not needing another horse to take him into contention. Biancone will now aim Bumper Storm at the Chairman's Prize, the May 10 end-of-season 1,200-metre sprint championship. Here Bumper Storm is set to run up against the likes of the Centenary Cup winner, Quick Action, possibly Horse of the Year Mr Vitality, former International Bowl winner Winning Partners and a host of other experienced Class One handicappers. Bumper Storm may well prove up to the task, but the enormity of the job that awaits him in the Chairman's Prize should not be underestimated. Taking a line through Coach Maniac, it is hard to have Bumper Storm running to a rating higher than 100 and quite possibly he ran a couple of pounds below that figure. To win the Chairman's Prize he will have to improve by about 14 pounds and achieve a rating of at least 114. That level of progression is possible but it won't be easy. But in the meantime his connections can enjoy a superb victory in perhaps the best Kukri Trophy ever run. Biancone said: 'So far Bumper Storm has answered every question we have asked of him. Today he had to work a little bit harder than we would have liked to get out and across to the fence from barrier eight. 'But for sure he is a very good sprinter. We'll also have to see what else we can do with him. 'It is just possible that he could be exceptional. Today he had to do it the hard way. He didn't have another horse to take him into the race but there again he didn't need one to bring him to the line. He found it for himself.' Coach Maniac put in a highly creditable effort to get up close home for second, and Born To Win ran on well for third without having any luck in running on the home bend. Fourth-placed Danzighill might have come into the race a gallop or two short. It emerged that he'd done very little fast work since a quality barrier trial win at Happy Valley owing to a cut mouth. As he's such a free-going horse in the mornings, that cut meant he had to be confined to slow work. 'He might have just needed it,' reflected Danzighill's regular rider Piere Strydom. The Kukri Trophy is named after the Gurkhas' traditional fighting weapon and, according to the Jockey Club, was first presented in 1973 'to commemorate the long standing association between the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Hong Kong Jockey Club'. But, presumably as a reaction to the handover, it will be renamed next season and run in a different guise. Bumper Storm's win initiated a double for Biancone who went on to take the eighth with another smart youngster, Mount Kosciusko. The latter dug deep and found plenty to collar the John Moore-trained debutant, Danetop, who can be followed. The double took Biancone to 29 winners for the season and left him just six behind Ivan Allan and Moore in the standings. Forget the run of Schnitzer and Gold Yue Yee in this eighth event. They both, quite predictably, fell into a hole after Schnitzer was hard ridden to chase the natural leader, Gold Yue Yee. David Hayes closed to within one of the lead when his debutant Prince Fortune scored stylishly in the second under Damien Oliver. Prince Fortune drew clear in this 1,000-metre event, despite racing greenly, and he looks a lovely type who can be relied upon to progress hugely for the run and is well worth following.