Having only his second career start, three-year-old Beneteau colt Flash Boy recorded an impressive winning performance on Saturday, in the Jayco Bendigo Cup 26/10 3YO Maiden Plate over 1400m at Bendigo.
Trained by Danny O’Brien, the colt found the 1050m of his debut run at Morphettville a little too short, but over the 1400m, jockey Daniel Moor was able to jump away well from a mid-line gate before allowing those to come across him where he sat in fifth position on the outside.
Taking up the running was Fox Hall; just ahead of race favourite Judelly, who Flash Boy was tracking throughout.
As the favourite put up the white flag on the point of the turn, Moor pulled Flash Boy off his back to chase down Fox Hall.
Although it was a bit of a dog fight for a portion of the straight, once clear, Flash Boy held his own, recording a long neck victory with a further length back to Montoya’s Secret in third.
Purchased from the draft of Three Bridges Farm at the Inglis Premier yearling sale, Flash Boy is out of the Helissio mare Free Friday, herself a sister to the dam of Champion Weekend Hussler, and is also a half-sister to Group 3 winners Phantom Thief and Saturday Fever.
20 minutes earlier at Caulfield, 4yo mare Aegean Sea contested the Listed Alinghi Stakes for Clarry Conners.
Going forward from gate three, Blake Shinn had the mare in third place on the rail getting a cosy run.
On the point of the home turn, Aegean Sea was travelling and just needed a gap. While one did present itself, and the mare worked through it, she was unable to hold off the late charge of Matthew Smith’s Palazzo Pubblico.
With three wins and three placed efforts from ten starts, the consistent mare looks more than capable of earning further black type during the comings weeks of the carnival.
Another runner on the day that performed well in the Blue Sky Bloodstock silks was Rip Van Winkle four-year-old Gervias who resumed in the seventh race of the day at Bendigo.
Also trained by Danny O’Brien and ridden by Daniel Moor, the gelding was asked to carry 60kg, and after getting a good run in transit, made up good ground to finish in third position behind King Of The Ark.
A winner of two of his nine prior starts, the New Zealand Bloodstock yearling purchase is looking for further than the 1100m of Saturday’s race and is sure to be very competitive at his next outing.
Congratulations to all our owners and we look forward to further success during the Spring Carnival.