Six starts, three wins, two seconds and a fourth. Saratoga Stable must be proud of what FLASH GIFT has accomplished so far and John O'Hara could not have asked for such a lovely horse to train.
Well, Flash Gift is not done yet and, come Sunday, he could add another entry to his already-impressive resume by taking Race 8 from right under the noses of some pretty decent runners like Savannah Dancer, Hypernova and Bourbon Goldman.
Flash Gift showed that he was on track for another win when he produced an outstanding gallop at Kranji Wednesday morning, with jockey I Saifudin on the reins, the three-year-old ran the 600m in 36.1sec - finishing with quite a bit in reserve.
He will have Manoel Nunes in the saddle for the 1,200m on Sunday and, if anything, it should enhance his chances.
Flash Gift started building up his fan base when he won on debut, taking an Initiation over the 1,100m by almost four lengths.
That was in June last year. Three weeks later he won again, beating Soul Commander over the flying 1,000m.
He made it three on the trot when, in August last year, he beat Running Tall by two and a half lengths over the 1,200m trip.
He was then put in cotton balls for 11 months and only returned to racing in July this year. He looked beefed-up after the break and tipped the scales at 525kg - well over his fighting weight of 490-plus.
Still, he put on a tip-top show and got beaten into second spot by One Smart Cat. A month later he ran fourth in a Benchmark 74 race and, in his last start on Sept 29, he beat all but Super Kenny over the sharp 1,000m.
With regular rider Greg Cheyne back in South Africa, the Brazilian Nunes gets the mount and we think he'll guide Flash Gift home to his fourth win. Be sure you're with them.
WILLIAM LOW'S GUIDE TO YESTERDAY'S TRACKWORK AT KRANJI:
WORKOUTS BY HORSES RUNNING ON SUNDAY
RACE 1: Stanzout 36.2. Pokaiwhenua HH (C Brown) canter/38.3. Take It Home 36.4. Premier Grade HH (B Vorster) 37.7. Hooper (B Nazwan) 37.3. Principal 39.3.
RACE 2: Beverly Hill (S John) canter/37.6. Jet Cosmo 42.5. Serpico HH (Brown) 38.1. Clever Bright (A Munro) 37.4.
RACE 3: Bungae canter/36.9. Lord Roberto HH (L Allpress) 38.3. South Gate HH (I Saifudin) canter/35.9. Bowie Knife (Munro) canter/38.7. Galaxy Express HH (D Beasley) canter/37.1. Magnificent Kid (KK Ng) canter/40.3.
RACE 4: Dragon G HH (Beasley) 38.9. Paddy O'Reilly (Allpress) 38.2. Vitalico HH (WL Tan) 38.7. Quiet Achiever canter/37.3. Iro Otoko (KB Soo) 38.2. Double Hock canter/42.4. Risk Factor 36.1. Honest Wind 40.6. Conquest HH (J See) 39.3.
RACE 5: Beauty Supreme canter/36.6. World War HH (Munro) canter/35.1. Yourstokeep 38.9. Yes Baba HH (Vorster) 35.
RACE 6: Cheetah On Fire HH (Z Zuriman) canter/37.2. Jeram Clipper HH (Beasley) 34.3. Lightning Mac (Tan) 43.6. Rough Dance HHH (J Powell) 36.7. Sir Fleetwood (Allpress) canter/35.1. Enzo 42.3. Happy Cat 37.2. Gold Halo (SH Lee) 36.1.
RACE 7: All Forus 35.9.
RACE 8: Savannah Dancer HH 36.3. Eclair Flyer 38.4. Flash Gift HHH (Saifudin) 36.1. Bourbon Goldman 35. Luwak Coffee 38. Warspirit HH (R Shafiq) 38.5. Hypernova (Zuriman) canter/35.8. Imacruiser 37.4.
RACE 9: Devonshire HH (Powell) with Dujardin HH (Saifudin) canter/35.7. Hot Gold 37.5. Cavallo (John) canter/43.8. Supernova HH (Allpress) canter/36.2. Matterhorn 37.2. Holy Empire (Munro) 38.9.
RACE 10: Glownight Racer HH canter/35.8. Manny Pacuiao HH (Brown) 42.2. Toast's Angel HH canter/38.3. Chilli 36.7. Zac Velocity 40.3. Rory (Allpress) 38.5. Thrust 38.8. Street Ruffian HH (O Chavez) 36.2. Powerpac (Saifudin) 35. Soon Yi HH (John) 38.3.
RACE 11: Supermart (Chavez) 36.5. Greenback HHH 36.9. Gold Run canter/36.9. Super Star HH (D Chee) canter/35.9.
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