Three-year-old gelding Fast Cash is one of 12 sprint-mile runners lining-up at Sandown Racecourse on Australia Day, set to contest the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m).
However trainer Wendy Kelly has no illusions about the race. This campaign, the trainer is choosing races that will test Fast Cash and determine what distances and tracks he is best suited to.
So Kelly is not necessarily looking for a win from Fast Cash in the 2015 Manfred Stakes, just keen to see how he handles the race.
Fast Cash has finished in the first two in four of his five career starts and this campaign won the Vobis Gold Carat (1200m) first up at Moonee Valley on January 3. The gelding sat in a perfect position on the rails and hoop Vlad Duric had him under riding nearing the home turn. He switched across heels half-way down the straight and then rallied strongly, drawing clear in the latter stages to win nearly two lengths in front of Tudor.
The gelding is even fitter ahead of Monday’s race, where he’ll get the ideal jump from barrier two with Duric to retain his ride.
“This preparation, we’re just having a look at him. We’re just working out where he sits in the whole scheme of things,” Kelly told Sky Racing.
“He’s a horse that didn’t appear to get the 1400-metres at his last run last preparation but in saying that I think he had had enough by then and did not race up to his best that day.
“He has come back a stronger horse so we just want to try him over a few different distances and get a bit of a gauge as to where he’s going to fit in the whole scheme of his racing.
“I think he’s going to be a very nice, handy horse. He’s definitely Saturday class, maybe just a little bit better than that.
“I know Vlad really likes him and is very excited about him, so that’s always a good thing.”
During the spring, Fast Cash was runner-up to Rich Enuff in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) before finishing midfield in the Listed Living Legends Stakes (1400m).
He will be nominated for the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7 but Kelly knows the gelding may not get in, leaving other possible autumn starts up in the air.
“We’ll see how he goes over the 1300-metres this time,” Kelly said.
“We really haven’t got anything specific mapped out for him.”
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