Wow She's Fast Wins Inaugural The TAB Phoenix

WOW She’s Fast has produced a stunning performance to prevail in the inaugural running of The TAB Phoenix (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.

Adam Dobbin

19 December 2021

Young superstar Wow She’s Fast has produced a stunning performance to prevail in the inaugural running of The TAB Phoenix (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.

Going into the $1.145m showpiece as both the youngest and least experienced runner, Wow She’s Fast made light work of those obstacles to storm away for the most breathtaking of victories in a flying 29.65s.

The resounding triumph was yet another training masterclass from Kel and Jackie Greenough who had the lightly raced daughter of My Bro Fabio tuned to the minute for just her seventh racetrack appearance.

In the lead-up to Saturday night’s The TAB Phoenix, slot holder Sportsbet declared that they would donate 25 per cent of the first prize to the Victorian Greyhound Adoption Program if Wow She’s Fast was successful.

It now means a remarkable $187,500 of the $750,000 winner’s purse will be going the way of the rehoming program which is the backbone of the industry’s welfare initiatives.

“What a sensational gesture and for her to produce on such an important night like this means the world,” said Jackie Greenough post race.

“When she missed the start I thought we might be in trouble but when I saw her get the run through I was much more confident.

“I knew the leader (Spotted Elk) wasn’t too strong but she still had to do everything right and she did. Tonight was a huge step for her taking on greyhounds like that after just six starts and to see her perform like that makes it even more enjoyable.

“I’d like to thank Sportsbet, they’ve been fantastic to deal with right the way through. It’s just been great.”

It was the day following Wow She’s Fast’s mind-blowing maiden victory in a class record 29.09 at Sandown Park on September 26 that representatives of Sportsbet first reached out about a potential The Phoenix berth.

And the betting giant’s eye never wandered, remaining committed to the prodigious talent right through the process, that loyalty culminating in the most remarkable of victories on Saturday night.

While the performance of the winner was out of this world, the effort by runner-up Spotted Elk was enough to pull at the heart strings also.

The Queensland star set a frantic pace up front with the irony being that Kel and Jackie Greenough trained her sire Paw Licking during his distinguished career.

Spotted Elk, booking her place in the field via Racing Queensland’s slot following her Queensland Flame victory, was courageous in finishing 3 ¼ lengths second for a proud Graham and Leann Hall with the performance earning a tidy cash prize for community partner Palm Beach Currumbin Cricket Club.

Finishing third was Melbourne Cup hero Koblenz representing slot holder SEN while the Ian Gilders-trained Billy Creek, the outsider of the field, finished a gallant fourth representing the NSW GBOTA.

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