Trainer Darren Beadman has revealed that classy three-year-old Flow is likely to take his place in the 2017 Grafton Guineas (1600m) field in country New South Wales next Wednesday.
Flow has shown plenty of ability through the early stages of his racing career and undoubtedly produced his best performance to date when he flew home to finish a commendable third in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) over the weekend.
The Street Cry gelding was Beadman’s final Saturday black type runner as interim head trainer for Godolphin Australia, but the former champion hoop revealed that the horse will continue to the Grafton Guineas in just over a week.
“He was wide for quite a while there and it was a great effort to run third,” Beadman told Racenet.
“He will probably now go to the Grafton Guineas.”
Flow was unable to break through for a race win during his first four competitive starts, but was sent to the paddock after he stormed home to break his maiden in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm in November.
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive return this time, Flow missed the start in the Fin Aluminium Handicap (1200m) on May 27th, but ran on well to finish a credible fourth.
Returning to winning form with a dominant performance in the Millie’s Mile Plate (1400m) on June 10th, Flow was allowed to stride forward from the gates in the Sunshine Coast Guineas by jockey Brad Pengelly, but was caught wide as the likes of Crack Me Up set a notable early tempo.
Weathering a tough run in transit, Flow’s ability to muster a turn of foot in the dying stages of the race suggests that he is rock hard fit and will be extremely tough upon stepping back in company into the Grafton Guineas field.
The Toby Edmonds-trained Sneaky Glance remains an early $4 favourite in 2017 Grafton Guineas betting markets with online bookie Ladbrokes.