Kelly Looking to Cash In at 2015 Australian Guineas

Trainer Wendy Kelly has got some big plans in the pipeline for three-year-old gelding Fast Cash this autumn.

Fast Cash was runner-up to Rich Enuff (pictured) in the McKenzie Stakes in August.

Fast Cash was runner-up to Rich Enuff (pictured) in the McKenzie Stakes in August. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

After winning the VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday, Kelly revealed she plans to enter Fast Cash in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse on March 7.

While the trainer admits that the gelding may be better suited to distances of 1200-1400 metres at this stage in his career, it’s an easy option to nominate him for the 2015 Australian Guineas now and worry about the logistics at a later stage.

“Whether or not we get as far as the Guineas, I don’t know, but it’s cheaper to put one at the start. It’s really in the background,” Kelly told TVN.

“I know what the horse is capable of and I know what he can do, but we’re still learning with his racing pattern.”

Fast Cash, who sold as a yearling for $10,000 in 2013, has already earned his connections over $120,000 in prize money after winning two of his five career starts and placings in another two.

The gelding finished runner-up to Rich Enuff in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) back in August but his biggest payday by far was in Saturday’s Gold Carat. After settling into a perfect position on the rails, hoop Vlad Duric had the horse under riding near the home turn before switching across heels half-way down the straight. He rallied on strongly, drawing clear in the latter stages to win comfortably by just under two lengths.

Kelly has been working with the gelding to get him to “bounce” out of the gates strongly and take the lead position instead of falling out and having to make up large amounts of ground in the concluding stages as he’s done in the past.

“He’s an exciting little horse who got a lot of upside and untapped potential,” she said.

Fast Cash will next be seen in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) at Sandown Racecourse on January 26.

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