Midnight Flynn might not be the most high profile Victorian Golden Easter Egg contender – think My Bro Fabio, Fernando Bale and Dyna Villa – but trainer Michael Carter reckons he’s a “great chance” of qualifying for the final of NSW’s richest race.
Victorian sprinters have won the past five Golden Easter Eggs and that domination could well continue with the Big V boasting a very strong presence in Saturday night’s semi-finals of the $250,000 to-the-winner Wentworth Park showpiece.
Six Victorians were successful in last weekend’s heats and while Midnight Flynn wasn’t one of them – he ran a close second to local My Boy Snoop – Kialla-based Michael Carter (pictured above with Midnight Flynn) is upbeat about his prospects in this Saturday’s opening semi-final.
Boasting an impressive nine from 22 record, Midnight Flynn will exit box two with the testing material former Victorian Over Limit (box 8), which was a scorching 29.46sec heat winner at his first start for leading Western Australian trainer Paul Stuart.
“I think Midnight Flynn has a great chance of getting through, especially the way he’s drawn,” Carter said.
“I think he’s drawn beautifully. I’d probably rather him in the pink but if he can’t have that I’m very happy with where he is.
“Over Limit will be hard to beat – I think he’s probably the dog to beat in the whole series – but if my dog can finish in the first two and draw alright next week he’s good enough to win it.
“I made the Easter Egg Final a few years ago with Proven Jett (2010). He also made the final of the Paws Of Thunder and a few other Group races but he just wasn’t tough enough when it came to the crunch. Midnight Flynn is tougher than Proven Jett and he’s quicker as well.”
A son of the ill-fated High Earner, Midnight Flynn will be chasing a berth in his third feature final in the Easter Egg semis, having contested the Silver Chief Classic (4th) and Shepparton Cup (5th).
Carter had his sights set on the Golden Easter Egg back in January when he took Midnight Flynn to Sydney for the heats of the Paws Of Thunder but unfortunately his plan back-fired.
“I was basically using the Paws Of Thunder as a trial for the Easter Egg but my plan didn’t work because he got belted in his heat,” Carter said.
“He didn’t handle the track all that well last Saturday night either so I think he’ll improve this week and he’ll also strip a lot fitter. I thought he had My Boy Snoop covered last week but he lost the top corner. I’ll be fairly happy if he’s in the same position this week, put it that way!
“The only thing he doesn’t have is that brilliant early speed. He’s not going to run 5.30 early so he just needs to be left alone going around the first corner.”
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