The 2015 BRC Sprint field has been released and consistent sprinter Fast ‘N’ Rocking is set to step-up to 1350 metres for the Group 3 event at Doomben on Saturday.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking has not recorded a race win since he took out the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) at Sandown at the end of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but he has performed well at the highest level this preparation.
The Fastnet Rock gelding returned to racing with a slightly disappointing third in the Listed Abell Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on February 6 and he hit the line strongly in both the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 28 and the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 21.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking did not appear to handle the wet Royal Randwick track when he finished sixth in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on April 6 and he found the line well again when fourth in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at the same venue on April 18.
The Hall Mark Stakes is set to be the key form reference for the 2015 BRC Sprint and both Charlie Boy and Rock Sturdy will also be backing up from the Group 3 event that was held on the final day of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Charlie Boy was having his first race start for Team Snowden and he found the line well to finish fifth, while Rock Sturdy finished a credible eighth in his first race start since he suffered a tendon injury ahead of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
One of the most interesting runners in the 2015 BRC Sprint is Colin Scott-trained Speediness, who will be making the step-up to 1350 metres for the first time this preparation as he heads towards the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 23 and the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at the same venue a week later.
Speediness returned to the races with a flat performance in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast on April 25, but he was never able to get into the race and he beat home just two runners.
Tony Gollan-trained Alma’s Fury is also set to back-up after running in the Victory Stakes, while Estonian Princess will be having the second race start of her winter preparation in the BRC Sprint after she returned to racing with an impressive second in the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m) at the Gold Coast on April 25.
Tokamak, Final Crescendo, Typhoon Red, Gundy Spirit, Jopa, Nite Rocker and Bymonashee round out the 2015 BRC Sprint field.