The Caspar Fownes-trained Brilliant Flash showed an uncommon brand of finishing speed in a trial on the all-weather track and that effort keeps him well under notice as he returns to racing at Happy Valley tonight. Brilliant Flash was a New Zealand private purchase who won three races up to 1,400 metres but arrived right at the top of Class Three and wasn't sufficiently competitive. But it was a different story when he dropped into Class Four at the end of last season, in which he returned as a winner over 1,650m at the Valley. Tonight, Brilliant Flash returns to that happy hunting ground and will provide a good opportunity for new club jockey Danny Nikolic to open his account. Brilliant Flash's trial last Tuesday was a huge effort. Nikolic restrained him back to last from a wide barrier and then took off from the rear at the 600m. The gelding literally circled the field as it bunched on the turn and then he whisked away with a superior turn of foot in the final 200m. Analysis of corrected overall and sectional times show this to have been a quality performance, and his final 200m split of 11.3 seconds was clearly the best of the morning. The eighth event features a fascinating three-way clash between Lucky Baby, Grand Supreme and Money Man and all have come through their pre-season trials without a concern. Lucky Baby, unbeaten in three starts, won the opening trial last Tuesday, some 15 minutes before Brilliant Flash. The bay gelding led throughout and travelled well to the turn, but was under riding from Nicholas Ryan in the stretch to maintain his advantage. Grand Supreme was stretched to 1,200m in his dirt trial on September 1. He led throughout and was always on the steel, with the son of Danehill merely floating to the line under a hold from Douglas Whyte. There was clearly more there if Whyte had wanted it. Finally, Money Man finished third to Bramble Blitz over 1,000m on the turf on September 2. The well-bred young galloper missed the start by a length but quickly mustered speed and was one of the leaders all the way. Apprentice Jacky Tong Chi-kit had him under a good hold the entire final 200m and indicated he's going to be right there when the pressure is applied tonight.