Promising pup Hasten Slowly announced himself on the big stage with a dominant 6½ length victory in last Thursday’s Vale Ken Virtue Maiden Final (515m) at Sandown Park.
The win backed up an impressive race track debut in last Sunday week’s heats, where he pounced to an early lead before quickly making the race his own.
The time of 29.57 was the fastest on the 12 event program.
Trainer Angela Langton was full of praise following Hasten Slowly’s win, more affectionately known around home as Ollie.
“I couldn’t have asked for more from him, he’s been super at his two starts,” said Langton.
“His heat run was the first time he’d ever been over 515m, he’s trialled fast and has been schooled around here – we knew pretty early on that he had a fair bit of ability,” added Langton.
The win held extra significance to Langton given the recent death of Hasten Slowly’s mother, Heidi Go Seek, a special part of the team’s Anakie kennels.
“Unfortunately she passed away after having a litter of pups. We believe she had a heart attack. It was pretty sad as she was special to us. Hopefully Ollie and his littermates go on to do her proud.”
Langton’s confidence in Hasten Slowly was no secret, having considered a tilt at last month’s Speed Star Match Race Series. She believes he has all the qualities to eventually transition to top grade racing.
“You always think how much can they improve, tonight was his second run over 515m so hopefully there is room for improvement,” added Langton.
“When he comes out running as good as he has he’s always going to put himself in any race.”
Hasten Slowly is showing strong signs of being one of the sport’s future stars. He entered last night’s maiden final as the youngest greyhound in the field, not due to turn two-years-old until February next year.
“He’s got a bold attitude and just wants to be here, which is a great sign for any pup.”
Last Thursday marked 50 days until next month’s TAB Melbourne Cup, a series Langton intends to head towards with Hasten Slowly.
“If he continues to jump we’ll definitely give him a go at the Cup. We had Weston East in a Cup heat (2014) when he was very young and he ran second to Above All – he was a similar age then to what Hasten Slowly is now. It’s always hard stepping up to that class, it separates the very good from the elite.”
Tonight’s Sandown program will be highlighted by TAB Melbourne Cup Prelude Series 2. Heats of the Cup will be run Friday November 17 with the final set for the following Friday. November 24.