10/06/2005 11:00PM

All 'Knight' needs is to repeat last


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - After the Knight looks like a standout in the feature race at Hastings Sunday. The 1 1/16-mile allowance race for 3-year-old fillies drew five horses, including last year's local 2-year-old filly champ, Backseat Becka. It goes as the sixth race.

After the Knight has won only two races in her 13-race career, but she is coming off of a dominating performance in an optional $50,000 route Sept. 17, and if she comes close to repeating that effort, they probably aren't going to beat her.

Trained by Lance Giesbrecht, After the Knight is unlucky not to be a stakes winner. She finished a close third in the Alberta Centennial Handicap at Northlands Park Aug. 13, but if she

hadn't been stopped when she tried to sneak through along the rail going around the stretch turn, she likely would have been an easy winner. After finishing fifth in the Grade 3 British Columbia Breeders' Cup Oaks, she dropped into the optional race and easily handled Miss Rainer and Country Kat, both of whom are entered here.

After the Knight doesn't pick up any weight from her last race, and with leading rider Justin Stein taking the call at 109 pounds, she figures to be a very short-priced favorite.

Backseat Becka looks like the only serious threat. A daughter of Orchid's Devil, Backseat Becka is coming off of a very good second-place finish in an optional $65,000 sprint Sept. 11.