Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Talented WA-bred six-year-old To Fast To Serious lived up to his name when he proved far too fast for his rivals when he finished full of running to score an easy victory in the $30,000 Donut Queen Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Driven for the first time by Dylan Egerton-Green, the Shadow Play gelding, the $3.20 second fancy, sped over the final 400m on the rain-soaked track but hard track in 27.8sec. to win by more than a length from the $2.15 favourite Double Up.
To Fast To Serious, trained by Ray Williams, began from the No. 5 barrier in the field of seven, and Egerton-Green made an early decision not to slot the gelding on to the pegs to complete an Indian file which has been the normal racing pattern in small fields.
To Fast To Serious settled down in last place, out one wide. Egerton-Green then gradually eased To Fast To Serious forward in the one-wide line, without cover, before he dashed him past the pacemaker While They Pray with 220m to travel. Double Up, who had led early and then raced behind the pacemaker, fought on doggedly.
“Ideally, I would have preferred to have raced with cover,” said Egerton-Green. “The pace wasn’t overly quick, so I just drove him soft from the breeze and used his turn of foot. And he was quick enough to overpower his rivals. He should keep improving.”
The victory ended a losing sequence of seven for To Fast To Serious, who has earned $226,585 from 17 wins and ten placings from 40 starts. He is out of the McArdle mare Smile With Me who was unsuccessful at her 19 starts in New Zealand before being sent to Western Australia where her first eight starts produced seven wins and one second placing. Smile With Me won at ten of her 21 WA starts before being retired with a record of 40 starts for ten wins, 15 placings and stakes of $80,819.