Zlatan on front foot at Caulfield

Dash For Cash kicked off Caulfield’s Group 1 Orr Stakes meeting with front-running winner Zlatan on Saturday.  The grey gelding claimed the BMW Melbourne Hcp (2000m) by three-quarters of a length.

Zlatan (5g Dash For Cash – Rimmel by Big Tram) has paid his dues around the provincials and was coming off a Hanging Rock Cup victory on Australia Day.  His only is loss in five starts this season was in the Burrumbeet Cup on New Year’s Day.

“You’ve got to place them right,” trainer Leigh Childs said.  “I’m proud of Zlatan and it was a big step up from Hanging Rock to a city race on such a big day.”

Childs part-owns the gelding and also bred him after ‘borrowing’ Rimmel for a one-off service to Dash For Cash in 2006.  The mare had been successful at Flemington and is only covered once every two years.  Her latest is a colt foaled in October by Glenormiston College sire Widden Valley.

Dash For Cash stands at Swettenham Stud and has seven yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March starting with the brother to Listed SAJC Dequetteville Stakes winner Dashitude (Lot 37).

There are five lots from Swettenham including the brother to the Chris Waller trained Arinosa (Lot 228). She doubled up at Canterbury and Rosehill earlier this season before claiming the VRC Greys Plate at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup carnival.

– Karl Patterson

Dash For Cash gelding paid his dues before winning at Caulfield