McShane keeps options open for Keep The Cash

Unbeaten youngster Keep The Cash will be set for the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes after another brilliant victory in Launceston on Wednesday night.

Keep The Cash (2g Keep The Faith – Cash Stash by Dash For Cash) won first-up on Hobart Cup day and he made it two-from-two in the BJ Printing Systems Hcp (1100m).  Settled just off the pace, he lengthened in the home straight to score by three-quarters of a length from Summer Downs (Churchill Downs).

“He’s a real professional and I had to wake him up when we got here,” trainer Brendan McShane said.  “But I’m prepared to be patient and won’t hesitate to send him straight to the paddock if he shows any signs of training off.”

In the meantime, Keep The Cash will go full steam ahead for the 2YO Autumn Classic (1200m) in Hobart on April 29 and the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in Launceston on May 13.

He can give Greta West Stud sire Keep The Faith a second Tasmanian Sires’ victory after Socks was successful in 2010.  The George Blacker trained gelding went on to claim the LR Tasmanian Guineas and McShane has similar long-range plans.

“He covers a lot of ground and will eventually get a mile,” McShane predicted.  “He’s still got plenty of growing to do but we’re already a long way in front.”

Keep The Cash is bred to get to get over ground being closely related to 1999 G1 Zealand Derby winner So Casual (Casual Lies).  His dam Cash Stash is owned by Brendan’s father Walter McShane and she foaled a Magnus filly last September.

Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) transferred from Swettenham Stud last week to join King Of Prussia (Anabaa) at Greta West.  Breeders can contact studmaster Laurie McCarthy for booking details on 0410 476 196.