The massive drop in class from Group 1 to fifth grade company should see boom Victorian youngster Flynn bounce back to winning form at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Trained by Harry Manolitsis, Flynn has created a huge impression in his relatively brief 16-start career, his eight victories highlighted by an airborne 29.08sec victory in Sandown’s Group 3 Bill Collins Memorial Speed Star (515m) last month.
At his most recent appearance, Flynn ran fourth to Orson Allen, arguably Australia’s number one sprinter, in the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, beaten five lengths, and the rising star should find Saturday’s AJS Corporation Grade 5 Heat (race 5 at 8.35pm) much more to his liking.
“All things being equal he should be very competitive,” said Harry Manolitsis.
“He went from a maiden to racing against some of the quickest dogs going around within 15 starts, so it will be nice to go back to a grade 5 and see how he goes.
“It really started when he won the Western Districts Derby at Ballarat, beating Whiskey Riot and Jebrynah, then he ran a really nice time in the Speed Star and then in the Harrison-Dawson he was a bit unlucky and ran a creditable fourth.”
While Flynn, which has drawn box two, plummets in grade, the son of Kinloch Brae and Jubilation will be making his debut at The Meadows and will be clashing with another emerging talent in Inkling, the winner of 4 from 9 for Brooke Ennis.
“Flynn had a trial at The Meadows and went nice and seemed to handle it quite well first look,” Manolitsis said.
“The Meadows is a different style of track – it’s a tighter track – and he’s got to transfer his trial into a race but if he handles the track and gets a bit of luck he should run well.
“This should be a nice stepping stone for him to head up to Brisbane for the (Group 1) Brisbane Cup later in the month. After The Meadows series we’ll sneak up and give him a trial at Albion Park.”
It isn’t just Flynn that’s putting a spring in Manolitsis’ step at present, with the Lysterfield South mentor preparing a double at Warragul on Tuesday, courtesy of lightly-raced Kinloch Brae – Dasha litter brothers Get It Gizmo and Allusion.
Get It Gizmo claimed his fourth win from five starts, running a best of night 25.61sec, while Allusion clocked 25.84sec to improve his record to two from three.
“They’re both nice dogs but Get It Gizmo is very exciting,” Manolitsis offered.
“Get It Gizmo is just as exciting as Flynn and the two of them are giving me something to look forward to.
“There’s a nice race coming up at Cranbourne for Get It Gizmo, the Winter Cup, which is worth $20,000 to-the-winner. It’s a good chance for him to make the transition to two turns.”