2015 Sandown Guineas Ideal for The Grey Flash

November 13th, 2015

The Grey Flash ran on for an impressive sixth in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) last week, and trainer Robbie Laing is confident the run figured as an ideal tune-up for the filly ahead of Saturday’s 2015 Sandown Guineas (1600m).

The Grey Flash is primed for a big run in Saturday's 2015 Sandown Guineas. Photo: Jenny Barnes

The Grey Flash is primed for a big run in Saturday’s 2015 Sandown Guineas. Photo: Jenny Barnes

A stakes winner, having taken out the Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce (1400m) at the conclusion of a strong Autumn Carnival campaign, The Grey Flash has taken a few runs to find good condition this time but more than laid a great account for herself when producing a strong final straight sprint to finish in the money in the Crown Oaks.

Laing told AAP the mare did not have a tough run last week, is fresh leading into the 2015 Sandown Guineas as a result and is primed for a big run on Saturday.

“They went around pretty subdued and the going only got tough from the corner home,” Laing said.

“That was the only time she was under the pump.

“She’s freshened up really well and her trackwork rider this morning couldn’t believe how bouncy she was.

“It was only a week ago that she ran in the Oaks, but it’s not a Sandown Guineas of old where you had your Caulfield Guineas winner and that in it.

“It’s a field of progressive young horses, but we’re fit and also back to her pet trip, 1400 metres to a mile.”

Last start hoop Chris Parnham will take the ride on Shockaholic in the 2015 Sandown Guineas, but Laing is confident SA Sires’ Produce hoop Joe Bowditch will again get the best from The Grey Flash this weekend.

“Chris had a tie-up with the owner who has horses in Perth with Neville Parnham,” Laing said.

“Chris didn’t know we were going to run, so he took another ride.

“Joe won on her in Adelaide, so we got him on when he was coming over.”

The Grey Flash has posted one win and a minor through only nine career starts since first appearing on course in November last year.

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