Wow She's Fast Frightening In Launching Pad

Wow She’s Fast stamped herself as the country’s premier sprinter with a devastating victory in the Launching Pad at Sandown Park tonight.

Mick Floyd

14 April 2022

Wow She’s Fast stamped herself as the country’s premier sprinter with a devastating victory in the Launching Pad at Sandown Park tonight.

Despite her brilliant victories in both her heat and semi-final during the series, there was some concern about her chances in the final after drawing box seven  for the final.

However any concerns were quickly allayed as she stormed across to lead clearly through the first turn.

From there she was never threatened, the aptly named speedster extending her lead at every post to record a brilliant six and a half length victory in a stunning 28.93. Plaintiff was gallant in second but was no match for the winner, while outsider Samona found the line well for third.

Wow She’s Fast’s winning time slashed 0.30 seconds – around five lengths – off Buck Forty’s race record, was the fastest time ever recorded by a bitch at Sandown Park and was the fourth fastest ever – just 0.14 seconds off Aston Rupee’s track record.

The win was a just reward for the patience and careful planning of training duo Kel and Jackie Greenough. Wow She’s Fast’ The Phoenix win last December was the fifth of her career leaving her with one race to win over the following three months to remain eligible for the 1-6 win series.

After being beaten in a heat of the Warragul Cup in January, the decision was made to target the Launching Padand confining ‘Sharni’ to the trial tracks and by-passing several big money races in the first three months of 2022.

The planning paid off – the $150,000 winner’s cheque took her prize money beyond $938,000 and into the top 10 prize money earners in history, a remarkable achievement given the 26 month old has only had 12 career starts.

Earlier in the night, Knicks Bale caused a major upset in claiming the group 3 Easter Gift.

Favourite Idolize timed the start brilliantly to record a dazzling 4.98 first split and lead clearly through the first turn, however the National Futurity winner was soon under pressure from Robbie Rotten on his outside and Do It on the rail.

The field bunched off the back straight as defending champion Barooga Smoke loomed large, but it was Knicks Bale, the greyhound that was a clear last with a lap to run that surged through on the rail to win in 29.65 with just 4.5 lengths covering the field at the line.

Knicks Bale, which won the group 1 Hume Cup over 600m last November, was the rank outsider of the field paying $35.90 on the Victorian tote. Riccarton Rick ($30.20) was a length away in second with Old News ($21) completing the trifecta which paid a massive $4659.