Euroa syndicator Ken King hit the jackpot on Saturday evening when Fast Cash won the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
King identified Fast Cash at the 2013 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale and purchased him for just $10,000 from Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds. The Wendy Kelly trained gelding won his maiden by four lengths at Swan Hill in July and was also runner-up to Rich Enuff in the LR Mitchell-McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley in August.
“He put the writing on the wall last preparation and it’s very rewarding to see him do it here,” Kelly said. “Ken and I sat down and decided to chase some VOBIS Gold prizemoney. We went through the calendar and found this race.
“The VOBIS Gold bonus makes it really worthwhile and he’s paid for himself time and time again.”
Fast Cash (3g Charge Forward – The Loan Express by Choisir) is raced by a syndicate that includes King, Tim Overton, Alden Halse, Stephen Hanlon, Michael Hoskins, Kevin Kelly, Ashleigh Teagle, Georgia Fraser and David Galinec.
He is the first foal of Irish-bred mare The Loan Express who won on debut at Naas and was stakes placed at Royal Ascot and the Curragh. She has a Master Of Design filly catalogued by Swettenham Stud (as agent) for the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
Fast Cash will be set for the G3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) at Sandown on Australia Day and the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in March is also on the agenda.
King has already claimed a Group 1 at Flemington this season with Reset filly Set Square in the VRC Oaks.
Fast Cash is also following in the footsteps of a Group 1 horse. Last year’s VOBIS Gold Carat winner Trust In A Gust graduated to elite victories in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes and Toorak Hcp.