While trainer Mark Delbridge was cautious about his charge’s chances from box 1, the punters were unperturbed, sending Flash Of Light to the boxes a $3.50 favourite in a stellar field.
Despite a reputation for being hit and miss at the start of her races, Flash Of Light began well for a second consecutive week and took up second place behind early leader Nova Surf ($8.10) through the first turn.
The pair cleared away from the chasing pack, establishing a four length break before Flash Of Light made her move. Sweeping around the outside of Nova Surf, Flash Of Light raced to a powerful victory in a slick 29.45.
It was the second Group race title for the Balliang trained chaser, having won the Group 2 Rookie Rebel at The Meadows in February. The win was her 28th in 59 career starts and the $40,000 first prize took her career earnings to over $180,000.
Nova Surf was gallant in defeat, finishing three lengths adrift, with three-time Group 1 winner Fedex a further two lengths away third.
The heats for the McKenna Memorial will be run on Thursday 8 July, with the final to be run the following week on Thursday 15 July.