Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
To Fast To Serious, a talented, lightly-raced six-year-old, is proving a wonderful bargain for prominent owner Robbie Tomlinson, who purchased the son of American sire Shadow Play for $10,000 at the 2017 APG Perth yearling sale.
To Fast To Serious, trained by Ray Williams and driven at all his starts by Aldo Cortopassi, boosted his earnings to $194,180 when he was not extended in leading all the way in the $20,375 Caduceus Club Vale Rex Twogood Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has had only 32 starts for 16 wins and six placings.
To Fast To Serious is out of the McArdle mare Smile With Me, who raced 40 times for ten wins, 15 placings and $80,819. All her ten wins came during her 20 starts in Western Australia in 2010 and 2011.
Williams said that To Fast To Serious would contest the $50,000 Governor’s Cup next Friday night if he took no ill-effects from his soft run on Friday night when he was the $1.10 favourite and set a very slow early pace with a lead time of 39.3sec. and opening quarters of 32.5sec. and 30.4sec.
He then sprinted home over the final 400m sections in 27.9sec. and 27.3sec. to win at a modest 1.59 rate, beating $19 chance Space Junk by a length after that pacer had enjoyed a perfect trail behind the pacemaker throughout.
This was the third race in the past three Fridays that To Fast To Serious had contested after resuming from a spell.
“I thought that if he didn’t lead (from barrier two), we would be in trouble,’ said Williams. “He had come down a class, got the barrier, and everything was going our way. The past three runs have been good for him, and he will keep going around. And if he pulls up as well as he has the previous two weeks, he will go around next week.”