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What a Win

7 Jun 2013

What a Win

Fast Fiction (3 g Fastnet Rock – Paperback, by King’s Best) displayed pace and power when recording an emphatic five-length debut victory over rival three-year-olds on June 6 at New Plymouth.

Over 1100 metres, Fast Fiction flew the gates for jockey Matt Cameron and always had command of the race. Straightening with a two-length advantage, he extended the margin when asked to lengthen inside the final 200 metres and came clear in stylish fashion.

Stable rep Tommy Hazlett told Trackside prior to the race: “He’s a stunning sort of animal and one of the first Fastnet Rock’s that David (Ellis) bought. He has taken a bit of time to get to the races – a paddock mishap took a bit longer to come right than what we thought – but he has plenty of ability.

Following two recent trial performances for first on heavy footing and second on slow ground, and given his physical maturity and strength, it was considered that Fast Fiction would cope with the Heavy10 footing on offer.

“He is an impressive looking horse,” said Hazlett. “We knew he had ability, but there is always a question mark as whether he would show it to us and he obviously has. He travelled down beautifully and we are all very happy for the horse and his connections.

It will now be up to trainer Jason Bridgman, on his way back from the Magic Millions National Yearling Sales on the Gold Coast, to assess his condition post race and determine a plan for the promising youngster.

Purchased as a yearling for $62,000 by Te Akau Principal David Ellis at the 2011 Magic Million Weanling & Yearling Sale, from the draft of Widden Stud, Fast Fiction is owned by the Te Akau Fast Fiction Syndicate.

Photo credit – www.raceimages.co.nz

His dam, Paperback, was also a winner over 1100 metres. Bred by Fairdale Stud, his grand-dam, Boondock (Centaine), was the first foal out of Marscay (Biscay) mare Boonoke, and a half-sister to the talented four-win mare Do Me A Favour (Howbaddouwantit). Fast Fiction is from the family of Silver Slipper, and Black Opal Stakes winner Maizcay (Marscay), Gimcrack Stakes winner Fitting (Marscay), who in turn is the dam of Australian Champion 2YO Catbird (Danehill) and Pago Pago Stakes winner Danbird (Danehill).

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