While the Fastnet Rock roadshow moved north to the Sydney autumn carnival, his smart sprinter Faster Son completed a successful relocation down south on Saturday.
Faster Son was based with Trevor Bailey at the Gold Coast before transferring to Mick Price earlier this year. He was stakes placed behind Bel Sprinter first-up at Caulfield in February before a convincing victory in the Hotel Shamrock Hcp at the stand-alone Bendigo meeting.
Faster Son (5g Fastnet Rock – Sonata by Palace Music) began his career with wins at Gold Coast (3) and Doomben before travelling to Melbourne for minor wins at Sandown and Caulfield during the 2010 spring carnival.
He returned home but didn’t progress in 8 starts last year. Bailey tried to rectify his unruly behaviour with the addition of a lugging bit plus blinkers and cheekers without success.
Connections made the decision to send him to Caulfield after a disappointing effort at Eagle Farm in November. “He’s a difficult horse to place given his rating,” Price said. “We wanted to avoid the top shelf sprinters but he was given 60kg at Bendigo in that Ratings 89 race.”
Faster Son is not a kid’s horse but Ben Knobel claimed 3kg at Bendigo and rode him a treat despite causing interference in the straight. He returned to scale lame in the near fore-leg and Price will monitor his recovery before mapping out a program that could revolve around Easter sprints at his home track.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds manager Grant Morgan bought Faster Son for $45,000 at the 2008 Inglis Scone yearling sale. His dam Sonata won the G3 Tattersall’s Cup at Eagle Farm and was also runner-up to Arctic Scent in the 1996 G1 Queensland Oaks.
Visiting Melbourne filly Mosheen will lead the Fastnet Rock charge in Sydney when she starts a short-priced favourite in the G1 Vinery Stakes on Easter Saturday.