Wow She's Fast Sends Launching Pad Warning

THE PHOENIX winner Wow She’s Fast rounded out her Launching Pad preparations with a dazzling 9.5 length victory at Warragul on Tuesday night.

Mick Floyd

16 March 2022

THE PHOENIX winner Wow She’s Fast rounded out her Launching Pad preparations with a dazzling nine-and-a-half length victory at Warragul on Tuesday night.

Making her first appearance since running a luckless fourth in a Warragul Cup heat in January, Wow She’s Fast found trouble at box rise as she was squeezed between Hurricane Keely (3) and Hot Shaynna (5).

After settling second last, Wow She’s Fast soon worked her way through the field and despite a check approaching the first turn, she drove through on the rail to take the lead approaching the home turn before powering away in a time of 25.75.

While the time was well below what she had trialled previously, it was the fastest time of the night in slow conditions.

“We knew that the three wanted off and five and six wanted in so we knew she was going to get crunched,” said co-trainer Kel Greenough.

“But it was probably better that that happened rather than getting a clear run and going around for the sake of it. It would have done her confidence the world of good.”

Wow She’s Fast entered the race with five wins – one short of the six-win limit for the Launching Pad – a mark she’s been on since her The Phoenix triumph in December.

Connections decided around eight weeks ago to target the $460,000 series and Greenough concedes it has presented a challenge preparing The Phoenix winner knowing she could only win one more race and remain eligible.

However despite her lack of racing, Greenough is delighted with where she’s at two weeks out from the heats.

“It’s been a little bit tricky. You have to have a plan and everything has to go right in the lead up when you’ve had time off and you’re basically just waiting for time.

“She’s had three track record runs in her last four trials so her trial form has been excellent. She didn’t get the chance to run quick last night after getting into trouble early and the track didn’t seem too quick looking at the other times.

“I’ll give her one more look at Sandown in an arm trial and I’ve got my own straight track here to keep her fit.

“It should be all systems go, she’s ticked all the boxes.”

Ominously for her rivals, Greenough said that she has gotten bigger during her time away from the track, declaring a new weight of 32.1kgs – a kilo more than her previous racing weight.

However, Greenough believes she will have to be at the peak of her powers in what is shaping as a memorable Launching Pad series.

“She got a little bit bigger and stronger as she’s got a bit older. She’s got a little bit more body and put on a little bit of weight, just matured out – she’s only just turned two.

“I’d imagine this Launching Pad, from what I’ve seen, is one of the toughest ever. I’ve never seen so many classy young dogs around.”

The heats of the Launching Pad will be run at Sandown Park on Thursday 31 March with he final to be run on Thursday 14 April.