John Campbell bred Flashing Red who was by his stallion Echelon (US1. 50. 6, 32 wins, $558,568) and he was the last foal of his dam the unraced Courvy Kazi by Courvoisier. Echelon sired 107 winners during six seasons at stud. Flashing Red was inbred to Meadow Skipper in the third and fourth generations (3f x 4f). Eric Blomquist, a Tasmanian owner-trainer purchased Flashing Red privately as a yearling.