Trainer David Hayes has confirmed his smart colt Fast ‘N’ Rocking would not be accepting for Saturday week’s 2013 Caulfield Guineas and will instead be saved for the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, Saturday November 2.
The promising three-year-old is a son of Fastnet Rock and is displaying signs of a genuine sprinter as opposed to a miler that would be suited to the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 16.
Winner of the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) three runs back in August, Fast ‘N’ Rocking has been well beaten in their two latest starts when tested over 1400m.
First was 10th to the Chris Waller-trained Zoustar in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) before their disappointing last start seventh to surprise winner Éclair Big Bang in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
Instead of pressing onto the Caulfield Guineas where they would be going up to a mile again, Fast ‘N’ Rocking having seen the distance when fifth to Guelph in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in Sydney during the autumn, Hayes will give them to chance to shine over the shorter distance sprint.
“He has failed three times in his life, twice at 1400m and once at a mile (1600m),” Hayes said told Racing Victoria.
“I think at the moment that he’s just a sprinter like his father.
“I’ve always been worried in the back of my mind since the Champagne Stakes that he doesn’t run a mile but I thought that it was maybe just immaturity.
“As it’s come out I think he’s just a quality run-on sprinter like Eagle Falls or Bel Sprinter.”
Fast ‘N’ Rocking so far has a great 1200m record including their second to Miracles Of Life in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes in February.
In fact their only unplaced effort over the distance came in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds when they were four lengths away fifth to Overreach in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) making them a genuine Coolmore chance according to Hayes.
“He has already been put out to freshen up and he’ll spend plenty of time in the day paddocks and in the water walker,” he said.
“He’ll be trained the same way that he was for those first two sprints this preparation and if he can reproduce that form I think it would be good enough to win the Coolmore.”
Their Prelude failure saw Fast ‘N’ Rocking drift right out in futures Caulfield Guineas betting to $21 in markets firmly led by the Peter Snowden-trained Long John ($4.20) who has retained top spot despite their third in the Prelude.
Another topliner heading towards a run in the Coolmore Stud Stakes 2013 meanwhile is Waller’s Golden Rose winner Zoustar.
The Northern Meteor colt races for the first time since their Group 1 success at Royal Randwick this weekend in the $175,000 Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m), Waller planning to keep them fairly fresh for their Coolmore bid.
“He’s just a beautiful horse to train, an absolute natural and a gentleman,” Waller told The Daily Telegraph.
“I’ve kept him a bit soft so I’m not training the sprint out of him. He’ll have to be a very fast horse in four weeks for the Coolmore Stud Stakes, and this (the Roman Consul) is a good stepping stone for that.”
2013 Coolmore Stud Stakes nominations close on October 23.
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