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Verry Flash completes hat-trick at Pukekohe

  • Sat, 11 Aug 2018
  • NZ Racing Desk
Verry Flash and Rowena Smyth complete a hatr-trick with another easy win at Pukekohe today.

Verry Flash and Rowena Smyth complete a hatr-trick with another easy win at Pukekohe today.

The Nicholas Bishara-trained Verry Flash completed a hat-trick with another comprehensive victory in the Haunui Farm 1600 at Pukekohe today.

With regular rider Rowena Smyth aboard, the four-year-old jumped well from an inside barrier to settle midfield on the rail. Verry Flash got up inside the pacemaker Waipipi Lad to take control around the home bend and establish a winning break that was maintained with a strong gallop to the line.

Concerns that the son of Zed would not make it through a heavier track proved to be unfounded.

“It was more holding today but it doesn’t seem to bother him, as he gets through it well,” Smyth said. “When he gets on those better tracks, he’ll go further.

“He was happy enough and I saw Sam Spratt in an earlier race cut the corner and just get beaten so I thought I’d do the same,” Smyth said.

Bishara was quick to echo Smyth’s thoughts about the horses’ chances on better ground.

“His trackwork on a good-ish track last Saturday was phenomenal,” he said. “He’s got stamina plus and I can’t wait to get him up over ground as he’s going to be a really nice stayer.”

Bishara usually gives his horses a week off after competition, but with the way that Verry Flash has been bouncing through his races suggested he may yet start him in the ITM Interprovincial Challenge at New Plymouth on August 25.

“He hasn’t had a trip away, so it might be a good learning curve for him,” Bishara said. “But we’ll see how he pulls up tonight.”

The form now being shown by Verry Flash is a welcome relief for Bishara after he had endured a lean spell.

“I had 18 months in the wilderness where I think I only had two runners as we just didn’t have any decent horses,” he said.

Bishara and Smyth will be out to extend their winning run when Verry Flash’s sister Verry Elleegant, runner-up on debut last month, lines up for her second start at Ruakaka tomorrow.