|The win by Dash for Cash in this afternoon's $125,750 Australia Day
Vase (1400m) ended what became a frustrating run for the highly talented three-year-old
"At last!" That was the way leading trainer Rick Hore-Lacy
felt immediately after his grey colt had photo-finished out the in form Barkada for the
Group Three event.
The win gave New Zealand jockey Greg Childs his fourth win
for the afternoon and he joined in the spirits of Australia Day be declaring "God
bless New Zealand - Thank Christ for Australia."
Dash for Cash was having his first run since returning from a
gallant third to the classy filly Ha Ha in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy on the Gold Coast
on January 12.
Hore-Lacy said he wasn't concerned with how the colt would
run in today's race as he had coped well with the Gold Coast's hottest day in 100 years
(over 43 degrees).
"The trip up to Queensland didn't
take anything out of him, in fact he came back in better condition than when we
left," Hore-Lacy reported.
Dash for Cash, who had run second to Viscount in the Group
Two Bill Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley last October, had already placed this preparation
before the Gold Coast third. His second in the listed Christmas Stakes to Intelligent Star
was a great effort, with that winner since performing well in Group class.
A son of Secret Savings, Dash for Cash will now be aimed
toward the Group One Australian Guineas after a run over 1400 metres next start.
"He'll go to the Australian Guineas after we run in the
Debonair Stakes," Hore-Lacy said.
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