The Queensland summer carnival features now beckon for Lilac Flash.
That won’t shock anyone given the recent form of the former New Zealand pacer who made it 8 straight wins on Saturday night at Redcliffe when triumphant in the Comfort Inn Northgate Pace.
Lilac Flash has been a revelation since heading across the Tasman Sea; the pint-sized Bettors Delight gelding has now won 12 of his last 15 starts.
Since joining the stables of Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks, Lilac Flash has won 12 of his 19 starts in the Sunshine State.
But his recent win streak has prompted connections to focus on the upcoming Albion Park features.
“We’re considering some of the open class races during the summer carnival, his form is excellent and he deserves his shot for the better prizemoney. No doubt, this will be much harder but his form speaks for itself.” Co-trainer Weeks said.
The Gr.3 $30,660 Be Good Johnny Sprints kicks off the carnival on December 1 followed by the $20,660 Christmas Cup (December 8) and then the Gr.2 $50,660 Queensland Cup (December 15).
The trio of open class features will be raced over the distances of 1660m, 2680m and 2138m.
And all distances shouldn’t pose any issues for Lilac Flash.
The zippy pacer has already recorded victories at Albion Park at the 1660m and 2138m while he is untried at the 2680m distance.
However, he recently scored a comfortable victory at Redcliffe over the 2280m.
“He’s still very green and he’s not simple to drive just yet because he’s always running in and out during his races, he’s slowly getting there but he’s not perfect yet.
“His speed is obviously his key asset, he just seems to follow pace all day long and then rattle off some quick splits of his own. It will be interesting when he’s forced to follow the higher pressure in the open class races, we think he’ll handle it but it’s an unknown at this stage.
“There’s obviously some handy open types running around currently plus there’s talk of some southerners heading up for it so competition will be strong but it will give us a good guide going forward. He’s been a great buy for the stable and it’s still pretty much his first campaign for us so a few more like him will be great.”
Lilac Flash was previously prepared by respected south island trainer Tony Stratford in New Zealand.
Unraced as a two-year-old, Lilac Flash won two races with 11 minor placings from 20 starts before being sold.
Lilac Flash is raced by Darren Wilson.
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | November 20