Flintshire was simply in another class to his rivals and was even able to afford a little trouble in running, as he cruised to an easy victory in the Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes at Saratoga this evening.
A field of just four horses went to post for this prestigious contest, with ex-Andre Fabre trained Flintshire looking on the formbook to be head and shoulders above his rivals.
As the gates burst open, Grand Tito to the wide outside moved to the head of affairs from Can’thelpbelieving and Flintshire, who raced to the inside, while Twilight Eclipse settled in last.
Grand Tito passed the winning post with a circuit to race in front, but was setting a very pedestrian pace.
Racing down the back straight, the pace did not increase, with Grand Tito a couple of lengths ahead of Can’thelpbelieving, with Flintshire third and Twilight Eclipse fourth.
As the field reached the top of the stretch, Flintshire was boxed in and dropped to last.
All of a sudden the sprint was on in the home straight and Grand Tito burned off Can’thelpbelieving and Twilight Eclipse. Meanwhile, Javier Castellano had reorganised Flintshire and switched to the wide outside.
It took a couple of seconds but then Flintshire stepped up a couple of gears and simply cruised past Grand Tito, with Castellano’s hands on his neck.
Castellano looked to his left as he crossed the line, with Flintshire winning with contempt.
The six year old, now in the case of Chad Brown, was making it two from two since transferring from France. He will of course face much tougher assignments than this.