Four starts into his career, the David Ferraris-trained three-year-old Electric Lightning is yet to get the right trip in a race but he continues to indicate that he is one good run away from breaking through for a maiden win.
The son of Not A Single Doubt found 1,000m on the short side at his debut in February but still did enough to indicate there was talent to unlock and Ferraris quickly took him up to a more suitable 1,400m distance.
In the three subsequent runs, Electric Lightning has come up with barrier eight, barrier 13 and then 14 on Sunday when he was working home just behind the placings in the race won by Metallic Star.
Horses closer to the lead have fought out the three of those races, no help to Electric Lightning who has had to concede starts in each of them or risk being caught wide, particularly the last two outings.
Jockey Douglas Whyte did his best to have the gelding closer despite his outside gate on Sunday, bouncing him out of the gates but finding nowhere to slot him in until he had to settle for a spot three-wide with cover behind midfield while Metallic Star was dictating from the front.
That good start didn’t help him this time but is worth filing away in the knowledge bank as Electric Lightning must be due for a better draw and it is clear that he will be capable of taking up a much closer position when that happens.
Earlier, the list of Richard Gibson’s coming winners grew when first starter All You Need only just missed out on debut behind Relentless Me and his turn should come soon.
Like the winner, All You Need was very green but the difference between them proved to be a few strides passing the 200m, when Relentless Me’s better turn of foot put a length between them.
The winner was not altogether focused in the final 100m and rolled about according to the winning jockey but, in fairness, that was also the case with All You Need as he pulled the margin back to a neck.