2014 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Field Features Fast ‘N’ Rocking

David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s in-form four-year-old Fast ‘N’ Rocking wears the number one saddlecloth in Saturday’s Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2014 at Sandown Racecourse on Zipping Classic Day this weekend.

Fast 'N' Rocking

Fast ‘N’ Rocking is a top chance in Saturday’s 2014 Kevin Heffernan Stakes at Sandown. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

The former star two-year-old is one of a dozen gallopers engaged in this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m), the weight-for-age showdown to run as Race 8 at 5:20pm (AEDT).

Drawn well in barrier four with Dwayne Dunn to ride, Fast ‘N’ Rocking shoots for his third win from five starts this campaign.

His last win was over 1200m at Moonee Valley on Manikato Stakes night, after which he was last seen running third behind Éclair Big Bang over 1400m at Flemington last Saturday on Emirates Stakes Day.

He’s on the short turnaround then but has a good draw, regular rider and so connections are hoping to strike while the iron is hot.

There’s just one last start winner in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes field this year with the Anthony Freedman-trained Reparations lining up from barrier seven with Nicholas Hall to ride.

A six-year-old son of Exceed And Excel, Reparations had his first run since a failed 15th to River Lad in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in Brisbane back in June when beating home a decent field first-up on Melbourne Cup Day in the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1200m) on November 4.

Also coming out of that run is the Peter Moody-trained runner-up Office Bearer.

Jumping from barrier three this weekend with Vlad Duric retaining the ride, the five-year-old stallion won his only other Sandown start in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1200m) back in March so has a nice lead-up race and form at the track boosting his credentials.

Moody is also represented in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes this year out in barrier 10 with Daniel Stackhouse’s mount Flamberge, the five-year-old coming off a fourth to Atmospherical in the Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) from Crown Oaks Day.

Also coming off a nice last start effort is the John O’Shea-trained Sydneysider Generalife in gate eight for James McDonald.

A winner of three on the trot during a strong winter campaign, the Lonhro gelding has run top four in all three of his runs this time in.

Two back he was third behind Lucky Hussler in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day before his last start third this time behind subsequent Emirates Stakes winner Hucklebuck in the Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Derby Day.

Other notable Kevin Heffernan Stakes hopefuls include eight-year-old We’re Gonna Rock who was a multiple Group 1 placegetter in 2012 before his disappointing return two years later in the Dilmah (11th) on November 6, the Gerald Ryan-trained Group 2 performer Charlie Boy with the rails run from barrier one and Adelaide raider Nearest To Pin who has three wins over the distance.

See below for the full Sandown Stakes 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2014 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Sandown Race 8 (5:20pm) – 15/11/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 54585×1413 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 4 59kg 95
2 1162x123x0 WE’RE GONNA ROCK Tony Romeo Michael Walker 5 59kg 104
3 5541×10764 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 10 59kg 101
4 64532610×1 REPARATIONS Anthony Freedman Nicholas Hall 7 59kg 102
5 713111×433 GENERALIFE John O’Shea James McDonald 8 59kg 102
6 7x147x0234 CHARLIE BOY Gerald Ryan Michael Rodd 1 59kg 98
7 36314213×5 NEAREST TO PIN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Kerrin McEvoy 9 59kg 96
8 2x63100x50 DON’T GET EXCITED Stephen Theodore Stephen Baster 2 59kg 92
9 34x410x002 OFFICE BEARER Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 3 59kg 95
10 1161×87846 BIG BUDDIE Andrew Sawden Steven Arnold 6 59kg 81
11 x211146x0x SWEET AS BRO (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Chad Schofield 12 59kg 92
12 x1625510x0 JAZZ SONG Mick Price Craig Newitt 11 57kg 92

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