(NZ) brand lands Launceston Cup

The (NZ) brand has dominated the G3 Launceston Cup in recent years and Fast Future continued its influence at Mowbray on Wednesday.

Fast Future (8g Generous – Quip by Rory’s Jester) became the fifth Kiwi bred in a row to win the Cup following Larry’s Never Late, Zavite, Ista Kareem and Hofmeister.  He stormed down the outside to score by a neck and a head from White Yard (Partners Choice) and Geegees Blackflash (Clangalang).

Sold for $34,000 at the 2004 Adelaide Magic Millions, Fast Future won his maiden at Geelong in August 2006 and his career-high until Wednesday had been in the 2008 LR Caloundra Cup at Sunshine Coast.

The Russell Cameron trained gelding was also first past the post in the 2008 G3 Queensland Tatts Cup but lost the race in the stewards room.  “He’s had a few injury problems along the way but is a good old horse,” Cameron said.  “The owners have been very patient and this is pretty rewarding.”

Fast Future earned a trip across the Bass Strait with a Flemington victory in January.  He ran into a dead end in the Hobart Cup earlier this month and was also checked in running at Launceston but recovered to win in a blanket finish.

Fast Future is the only winner from four to race from unraced mare Quip.  Second-dam Champerelle (King’s High) is a half-sister to G1 SAJC Goodwood Hcp winner French Clock (Rancho Ruler) and LR Ballarat Cup winner Dream About It (Godswalk).

“Fast Future is racing well and we’re not going to retire him just yet,” Cameron continued.  “We’re still having a lot of fun with him and now we might head to the Adelaide Cup.”

His sire Generous shuttled New Zealand for five seasons until 2004 and his Australia – NZ record stands at 147 individual winners at a 66% strike-rate.  His chief earner has been Our Lukas ($631,000) although Fast Future ($490,000) will overhaul that total if he goes on and wins the G2 Adelaide Cup in March.

His British bred son Germano sired 2008 Launceston Cup winner Ista Kareem.

Generous (Caerleon) was one of the all-time greats winning the 1990 Dewhurst Stakes before returning the following year to conquer his classic rivals in the English & Irish Derbies and all-comers in the King George.

Generous has called a half-dozen studs home since retiring to Banstead Manor at Newmarket in 1992.  He was sold to Japan before his first crop had even reached their classic year and, from there, he shuttled to Glenmorgan and Westbury Studs in NZ.

In 2005, the eye-catching chestnut was repatriated to Sandley Stud in Dorset and, after it folded two years later, owner Alfred Buller had him transferred to Scarvagh House in County Down.  

In it’s prime, Scarvagh House was one of Europe’s busiest with 16 stallions but it ceased to operate as a public stud in December.  

Generous, who has just turned 23, was the only sire on the Scarvagh House roster to remain at the Northern Ireland nursery.  He is currently covering some of the 30 mares retained by Buller.