Lindsay Park galloper Fast ‘N’ Rocking will look to go one better than a last start second at Caulfield Racecourse returning to the track on Saturday for the Regal Roller Stakes 2016.
Trained by David & Ben Hayes in partnership with Tom Dabernig, the Fastnet Rock six-year-old is one of 11 sprinters making up the field for the $120,000 Listed Lister Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) on the weekend’s P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day card.
He is allocated the equal 60kg top weight, going up from the 58.5kg he had on his back for the last start second to Lord Of The Sky in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at the same track and distance on July 30.
In-form hoop Dwayne Dunn continues his association with Fast ‘N’ Rocking, drawn midfield in barrier five, with the horse sitting top of the latest Regal Roller Stakes odds at $2.90 and firming for the win.
Second favourite in Regal Roller Stakes betting at $4.20 is the consistent Voodoo Lad from the stables of master horseman Darren Weir.
The I Am Invincible five-year-old is yet to finish worse than third in his 13 career starts to date and is chasing his first Black-Type success.
His last win was on June 18 over 2000m at Moonee Valley before he narrowly missed out on a stakes win when beaten a neck by Ruettiger in Flemington’s Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m).
Voodoo Lad comes off a third to Mighty Like as the beaten odds-on favourite down the Flemington straight from July 23 carrying 58.5kg, the drop back to the 54kg minimum on Saturday to work to his advantage.
At the other end of the weight scale allocated 60kg along with Fast ‘N’ Rocking is Weir’s other Regal Roller Stakes acceptor, Palentino, jumping from barrier six with Brad Rawiller in the saddle.
The Teofilo stallion makes his four-year-old debut in the race running for the first time since his second behind Tally when failing to salute for the punters as the $1.80 top fancy in Moonee Valley’s Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m).
That followed on from his tight win over the reigning VRC Derby champ Tarzino in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m), Saturday a big test first-up against the older gallopers with the big kilos.
Palentino currently pays $7.50 to kick off his campaign with a win.
The other two single-figure fancies rounding out the hopes under $10 are Snoopy ($6) drawn well in barrier three and the big market mover Girl Guide backed in from $11 to $6.50.
Michael Walker takes over for Dunn in the saddle of the Hawkes Racing-trained Snoopy, the four-year-old Lope De Vega gelding out to atone for his 11th to Palentino in March’s Australian Guineas as a $71 roughie.
The up-and-comer ran third to Mahuta the start before in Caulfield’s Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) however so has obvious class.
He is undefeated over 1200m with two of his four career wins achieved over the sprint distance he sees on Saturday, Snoopy also unbeaten first-up having taken out all three of his resuming runs to date.
The rails run belongs to the Ciaron Maher-trained Girl Guide who top jockey Craig Williams rides second-up on Saturday.
A veteran seven-year-old Churchill Downs mare, Girl Guide was disappointing when 10th to Wild Rain in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) last time out on July 16 and is out to make amends on Saturday.
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