The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Fast ‘N’ Rocking is ready to add to his already solid first-up record at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend running in the Sir John Monash Stakes 2016.
In his first run since a brave fourth to Black Heart Bart in Adelaide’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 21, the five-year-old Fastnet Rock gelding is one of 16 nominees for Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) in Melbourne.
All 16 nominees will get a run if accepted for the weight-for-age sprint including Fast ‘N’ Rocking who is the equal highest-rated of the entries along with the now Patrick Payne-trained Hong Kong import The Cynic who is yet to race down under.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking has had 16 previous runs at the Caulfield track for three wins, two seconds and a third but hasn’t raced there since a 10th to Flamberge in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) in late February.
He was defeated just over three lengths that run in top-level company at the same track and distance he’s back over on Saturday chasing his first win since a Black-Type at Caulfield in mid-October last year.
“Fast `N’ Rocking has got a very good fresh Caulfield record and he seems to be working really well,” co-trainer Dabernig told AAP.
“He ran well up in Sydney and then we ran him in the Goodwood in Adelaide and he’s basically stayed in work and had a bit of a freshen-up at the farm at Euroa.”
Jockey Dwayne Dunn is booked for the ride on the weekend, riding Fast ‘N’ Rocking for the first time since a third when only a quarter-length off the winner Music Magnate at Randwick in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) on April 16.
Dunn has won the past two editions of the Sir John Monash Stakes aboard the fellow Hayes & Dabernig-trained Miss Promiscuity (2015) and Robbie Laing’s Lord Of The Sky (2014) and is hoping to make it three consecutive victories this weekend.
The Lindsay Park stable will also be represented in the Sir John Monash Stakes field on Saturday by Snitzel mare Kayjay’s Joy, the five-year-old last seen running fifth to Runway Star in the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on The Goodwood Day.
Dunn’s son, apprentice Dylan Dunn, is booked to ride Kayjay’s Joy who is undefeated over 1100m and has a stellar Caulfield record of three wins and a third from five runs heading into the Group 3 feature.
Both Dunn Snr and Jnr lead their respective Jockeys’ Premiership races to date for the season with Dwayne Dunn one win ahead of Craig Williams and Dylan Dunn three ahead of Michael Dee.
Dabernig also has a high opinion of Kayjay’s Joy who faces her biggest career test to date ahead of a possible Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
“I think she’s going as well as she ever has and I just love her record at Caulfield,” he said.
“ This will be her toughest test to date. She’s been working through her classes and Adelaide was no real guide because she had a torrid run.
“Without seeing the field or barriers, I think if she ran to her best she’s definitely going to be competitive.”
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