Caulfield Guineas Goal for Sebring's Good 'n' Fast
Mark Smith - Saturday July 7

With a roll-call of winners that includes Apache Cat and Royal Symphony, the Listed VRC Taj Rossi Series Final (Gibson Carmichael Stakes) has proven to be a valuable late season guide for the upcoming three-year season and Saturday's winner Good 'n' Fast looks likely to add to the record.

Coming off a solid win over 1400 metres at Flemington on June 23, Good 'n' Fast was given a patient ride by Luke Nolen, settling midfield as Whitemore and Gregorian Chant cut out the early running.

Getting the back of Craig Williams on Scottish Rogue turning into the straight, Good 'n' Fast gradually got the better of that stubborn rival.

The son of Sebring edged out Scottish Rogue by a long-head with Goldifox four lengths back in third.

Trained by David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Good 'n' Fast advances his record to two wins and a second from three starts with earnings of $180,200.

"I think he has a touch of class about him," David Hayes said.

"Horses over the years have come out of this race and done very well in the spring and I think he might be one.

"We will set him for the (Caulfield) Guineas, probably run him in one of the previews. He will not run for six or seven weeks now - he's in terrific order and we will have him terrific in September.

"Extra Zero finished second in this race and then nearly won the Victoria Derby in the spring, but I think this horse is more a Guineas type.

"He's a very good-looking horse and a stallion prospect, I hope.

"We will let him go out in the paddock in the day, box him at night and the water walker in the mornings."

A homebred for Peter Devitt and the Gordon family, Good 'n' Fast did not go through a sales ring however some of his siblings have been regular attendees at the sales in recent years.

The son of Sebring is a half-brother to Fast 'n' Rocking (Fastnet Rock) a stable favourite but not so often the punter's pal.

A 4-time stakes-winner, Fast 'n' Rocking placed four times at Group 1 level, the Blue Diamond Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Rupert Clarke Stakes and Winterbottom Stakes on the way to earning over $1.4 million.

Good 'n' Fast is the eighth live foal of the Hennessy mare For the Good Times who was a Listed winner in South Australia.

On the search for mares to support their recently retired Nicconi, the Devitts and Gordons purchased For The Good Times for $135,000 at the 2010 magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

From the famed Eureka Stud family of Just Now, Scenic Warrior and Shiva's Revenge, For The Good Times was carrying Fast 'n' Rocking at the time of her sale.

She has not had much luck in recent seasons. Her 2015 Sebring foal was born dead and she slipped to Sebring in 2016 before being covered by the Widden champion again last spring.

Good 'n' Fast becomes the 45th stakes-winner for Sebring (picture d) who will command a fee of $66,000 at Widden Stud in 2018.


Taj Rossi Series Final LR 1600m
Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 1:37.89
Good 'n' Fast
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: L Nolen 59
2c Sebring (AUS) x For The Good Times (AUS) (Hennessy (USA))
Scottish Rogue
T: Tony McEvoy J: Craig Williams 58.5
2g Rothesay (AUS) x Ten Eighty (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld
B: First Light Racing / McEvoy Mitchell Racing / Paul Willets Bloodstock $45,000
T: L and T Corstens J: Chris Parnham 54
2f Foxwedge (AUS) x Bella Vedera (AUS) (Secret Savings (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Kitchwin Hills Scone NSW
B: Henry Dwyer Racing/Bennett Racing $70,000
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: D Oliver 54.5
2f Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Cleanup (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: T Magnier $360,000
Nero Chin Chin
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: C J Parish 54
2g Pierro (AUS) x Chinamora (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $180,000
V:Hallmark Stud
B: Lindsay Park Racing $180,000
Made Me Shiver
T: D T O'Brien J: Ben Thompson 54
2f Uncle Mo (USA) x Valhussle (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Milburn Creek Wildes Meadow NSW
B: Boomer Bloodstock P/L (FBAA)/Murray T'Breds $240,000
T: M G Price J: N Callow 54
2f Star Witness (AUS) x Sencircles (AUS) (Street Sense (USA))
British Medium
T: M G Price J: M J Walker 55.5
2c Snitzel (AUS) x Gemadaily (AUS) (Strategic (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Spendthrift Australia $250,000
Gregorian Chant
T: Mitchell Freedman J: M J Dee 54
2f Echoes Of Heaven (AUS) x Norse Affair (NZ) (Viking Ruler (AUS))
T: R D Griffiths J: Jye McNeil 54
2c Statue Of Liberty (USA) x Miss Barysh (AUS) (Baryshnikov (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $26,000
V:Belrock Farm Whitemore Tas
B: Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock $26,000
T: Brian McGrath J: Damian Lane 55
2c Akeed Mofeed (GB) x Red Margarita (IRE) (Dalakhani (IRE))