WINNING VIC underlined in no uncertain terms that he still has a sprint race in him when a creditable second to Horse Supreme in last night's opening event at Happy Valley. There are few horses faster over the first 400 metres but his trouble has been in running out his races on his most recent starts. But he was backed into 10-1 last night in a move which suggested that those in the know were expecting a much better showing. The presence of crack five-pound claimer Francis K. S. Lam was also significant and they made a bold attempt to lead all the way. It was only in the closing stages that the Basil Marcus-ridden Horse Supreme rallied to run past them and Winning Vic would certainly be one to note in a forthcoming equitrack event. Now that he has dropped down the ratings to a mark of 32 he is eligible for Class Five and one of those low grade 1,030-metre sprints on the dirt, with Lam claiming the very handy five pounds, would make plenty of appeal. In the same opening event, The Sure Thing ran well for a long way given he has done very little work.