Waikato Stud sire Fast ‘n’ Famous (Redoute’s Choice – Zalinda, by Zabeel) broke through for his first stakes winner when Quintessential (Fast ‘n’ Famous – Florette, by Sword Dance) finished strongly to claim the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
Fast ‘n’ Famous never won over a distance further than 1200 metres in his 13-start career but could have an Oaks contender after Quintessential came from back in the field to beat Capital Diamond (Lucky Unicorn – Diamond Smile, by Zabeel) and Artistic (Darci Brahma – Artless, by Dahar).
Keep The Peace (Keeper – Peace Of Mind, by Wild Rampage) and Princess Coup (Encosta De Lago – Stoneyfell Road, by Soveriegn Red) have both completed the Desert Gold Stakes and New Zealand Oaks double in recent years.
Quintessential’s trainer John Sargent said he would either aim the filly at the New Zealand Oaks or the Brisbane winter carnival.
Fast ‘n’ Famous also earned his first Australian city winner when Bombalatomba (Fast ‘n’ Famous – Carnegie Gold, by Carnegie) claimed the Hilton Manufacturing Handicap (1400m) at Sandown.
Bombalatomba’s trainer Chris Hyland said he could give the gelding a chance in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) if he measures up in the Group 3 C S Hayes Stakes (1400m).