(By John Jenkins)
The Group 3 $70,000 ISCL Rotorua Stakes on May 11 will now be the next assignment for exciting winter galloper Back In A Flash after she trounced her rivals on the Rotorua track today.
The Ekraar four-year-old made it five wins from only eight starts when he cruised to a 6-3/4 length victory in a Rating 82 race over 1400m and trainers Keith and Gavin Opie are now keen to try and pick up some black type with her.
Back In A Flash had only managed to beat one horse home when 10th over 1400m at Tauranga at her most recent start but was unsuited by the firm track conditions that day. She relished the heavy track at Rotorua today and, aided by a great ride from Andrew Calder, proved a class above her rivals.
Calder settled the mare midfield on the fence in the eight horse field before moving up outside the leader Pop Star Princess coming to the home bend.
Once in the home straight Calder made a be-line for the outside fence and once Back In A Flash got out there she quickly accelerated clear of Pop Star Princess to win under just a hands and heels ride.
“It was good,” co-trainer Gavin Opie said.
“He (Calder) cut the corner and then went to the outside fence and she really let down well. We are now looking forward to coming back here next month for the fillies and mares race.”
The Group 3 Rotorua Stakes is restricted to fillies and mares and also run over 1400m and Back In A Flash would only need to stroke a rain affected track to be very hard to beat again.
Pop Star Princess was game in defeat as she made the pace and rider Lynsey Satherley decided to stick to the inside rail in the home straight, where the ground was clearly inferior to the outside.