Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Gifted driver Maddison Brown produced a typically cool, confident and calculating performance to land her 200TH winner, scoring a stylish victory in the 2536m Steel Blue Boots Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
She drove with her usual serene elegance to bring $5.40 chance Faster Than Dad home with a well-timed burst to beat $16 chance Pocket The Cash by a length, with $81 outsider Ohoka Titan running on from eleventh at the bell to be a distant third.
The 26-year-old Brown was having her first drive behind Faster Than Dad, a lightly-raced four-year-old prepared by master trainer Gary Hall Snr.
Faster Than Dad began from barrier two on the back line, with the $2.20 favourite Master Publisher beginning from barrier four on the front line.
Master Publisher raced three wide early and then in the breeze outside the pacemaker and $4 second fancy Soho Gigolo, with Brown quickly guiding Faster Than Dad into the favourable one-out and one-back position. Master Publisher eventually got to the front 650m from home, but he was a spent force as Brown sent Faster Than Dad into the lead with 370m to travel.
Faster Than Dad is by former champion pacer Alta Christiano and is the third foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Slick Bird, who earned $89,999 from ten wins and nine placings from 34 starts. Faster Than Dad is a full-brother to While They Pray (38 starts for 16 wins, 11 placings and $165,988) and a half-brother to Slick Artist (93 starts for 18 wins, 29 placings and $256,184).
Fater Than Dad looks set for many more wins and improving on his record of six wins, three placings and $34,008 in stakes from 16 starts.