Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig is tipping a wide barrier will help the chances of Fast ‘N’ Rocking in the Group 3 $150,000 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking was hopelessly help up for a clear run when he finished sixth to Wild Rain in the Group 3 $150,000 Food Services Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on July 16 and Dabernig said that he should be out of trouble from barrier ten in the eleven horse field.
“I think eleven (ten with the scratching) is better for him and he can sort of hopefully sit worse than midfield and be coming down the centre to wide in the straight which he seems to like so I think he has a great chance again,” Dabernig, who trains in partnership with David Hayes, told Racing Ahead.
While Fast ‘N’ Rocking appears to be well beaten in the form guide, Dabernig said that the five year came through the run okay, has trained on nicely and he considers him a strong chance in the Bletchingly Stakes.
“If you can take any positive out of a negative he didn’t have a hard run. He was beaten about three lengths and he was never really let go,” Dabernig said.
“He has a good Caulfield record so he is definitely in with a chance in a race with a host of chances. I think if he gets his right run he should be right in it.”
Fast ‘N’ Rocking had his final hit out for Saturday’s race on Monday morning and Dabernig said that he came through with flying colours.
“He is a casual sort of horse and he did his work on Monday morning for this. He worked really strongly on his last bit of work so I think he is going into the race well,” Dabernig said.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking followers seem happy to give him another chance in the Bletchingly Stakes and he has been well supported at Ladbrokes.com.au, firming from $3.80 to be the second favourite at $3.40.
The Darren Weir trained Mahuta is also a firmer in the betting and heads the market order at $3.10 after opening at $3.40 on Wednesday when the final field was released.
Adelaide mare Runway Star is next in the betting at $6.50 just ahead of Damien Oliver’s mount Lord Of The Sky at $8.
Mahuta maintained his good 2015 Spring Carnival form to win the Group 2 $200,000 Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 13 but then failed at his next start when fourteenth to stablemate Palentino in the Group 1 $750,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5.
Bletchingly Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.10 Mahuta, $3.40 Fast ‘N’ Rocking, $6.50 Runway Star, $8 Lord Of The Sky, $10 Odyssey Moon, $15 Thermal Current, $17 Smokin’ Joey, $19 Charmed Harmony, $34 Taddei Tondo, $51 Tudor, $67 Magnapal.