Mr Flood Makes It Five In A Row

Trainer Lucky Houdalakis looks to have a really smart sprinter on his hands in the form of Mr Flood. The latter made it five wins in a row when defying 60kgs to land the G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap (1000m) in courageous fashion at Turffontein on Wednesday evening.

Mr Flood was favoured by punters, with the Pathfork gelding’s four consecutive previous wins including a visually impressive win in December’s G3 Lebelo Sprint, and he was eventually dispatched a 5-4 tote favourite.

Always up with the pace, the Marco Van Rensburg ridden Mr Flood kept finding more and more as challenges came up to him, and he eventually stayed on to register a courageous and impressive half length win.

Outside Mombela (25-1) (who was receiving 7.5kgs from Mr Flood) barged through late on to claim second spot in the R200 000 sprint, with former G3 Lebelo Sprint winner Rivarine (35-1) showing a return to form by taking third spot, a length and three quarters off the winner.

Mr Flood claimed the 2020 Tommy Hotspur Handicap in a time of 56.58.

Unfortunately, the Tommy Hotspur (delayed from Saturday’s abandoned meeting) was marred by the breakdown of Basilius, who broke down early in running.

The Keith Waterston owned Mr Flood has now won six of only eight starts, with his second graded win taking the gelding’s earnings to R507 754.

A bargain R50 000 buy from the 2017 Cape Yearling Sale, Mr Flood is one of nine stakes winners sired by Irish champion, and G1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes winner, Pathfork.

From a female line lacking in black type, the Willem Engelbrecht Jnr bred Mr Flood (the only stakes winner in his first four generations) is out of the three time winning Jallad mare Last Word Pam.