Wow She's Fast Eyes Historic Melbourne Cup Berth

KEL Greenough isn’t sure whether Wow She’s Fast is seasoned enough to win a Melbourne Cup but is confident she will run well on Friday night.

Adam Dobbin

17 November 2021

TRAINER Kel Greenough isn’t sure whether Wow She’s Fast is seasoned enough to win a Melbourne Cup but is confident the highly touted bitch will give a good account of herself on Friday night.

The daughter of My Bro Fabio will exit box four in heat three of the $500,000-to-the-winner series where she looks to bounce back from last week’s shock Sandown defeat, the first of her five start career.

“I had a good look at the replay of last week’s run and when you weigh everything up it wasn’t too bad at all,” Greenough said.

“At the finish she was beaten just six lengths and lost god knows how much in the run – she almost fell on the home turn.


“But she never stopped trying and that’s what I wanted to see from her. It gave me optimism to push onto the heats this week, she’s deserved her chance.”

Wow’s She’s Fast will be looking to become the youngest and least experienced bitch to qualify for a Melbourne Cup since champion sprinter Black Opium finished runner-up to My Redeemer in the 2018 final at just start eight.

Just 21 months of age, Wow She’s Fast has created a huge impression with racing fans, winning her first four starts in succession, including a mind-blowing 29.09 maiden performance at Sandown Park in late September.

“It’s all happened very quickly for her, maybe too quickly, but Friday night will be another good experience again,” Greenough said.

“There’s a bit of speed in her heat so I’d doubt she’d lead but if she gets a camp just off the pace she can run home in 10.40 odd. She’s feeling great and I was really happy with her trial since her run last week.

“She’s good to go.”

TopSport has Wow She’s Fast at $5.50 in a Cup heat that comprises two-time Group 1 winner Qwara Bale (box 2) at $3.70 and Bendigo track record holder Typhoon Sammy (box 8) at $4.40.

“Whatever happens on Friday she’s got it all ahead of her,” Greenough added.

“The Phoenix has been spoken about but she’s also eligible for all the good age races in the New Year.”

Greenough is also overseeing superstar Tommy Shelby’s Melbourne Cup preparation, the three-time group 1 winner making his much anticipated return to racing in heat two from box eight.

TopSport have installed the 31-time winning son of Fernando Bale a $2.80 favourite ahead of Nikola Bale (box 1) at $4.20 and Barooga Smoke (box 5) at $8.

“He’s settled in great like he always does when he’s here,” Greenough said.

“He hasn’t raced since August and has drawn out in box eight so he’s got the job ahead but he’s a professional dog that just always seems to get it done.

“His last trial with Steve (Withers) at home (Cannington) was very good so he’s obviously feeling great.”

Tommy Shelby will be chasing a second Melbourne Cup final berth after finishing third behind Hard Style Rico and Simon Told Helen in last year’s finale in then track record time.