It was a special win for owner and breeder Angela Langton on Thursday night at Albion Park when her star chaser Hasten Slowly claimed his first group race win, the Group Three Flying Amy Classic.
The $25,000-to-the-winner final was a race Langton couldn’t pass up since the son of Fernando Bale and Heidi Go Seek had been racing in top company in Victoria throughout his 26-start career (10 wins and 11 minor placings).
“The Flying Amy Classic was an age restricted puppy race and it was also a great opportunity to see the track before the Group One Winter Cup,” Langton said.
Hasten Slowly finished third in his heat from box three to local Money For Jam, to earn a rug in the group three feature run over the 520 metre distance.
“He was only feeling his way around in his heat having not seen the track, but when the box draw was done, and he drew box one we were confident all going well he would improve.”
The Jeff Britton trained chaser was the $1.50 fixed odds TAB favourite after drawing the cherry.
“He rails hard and the red box was a huge advantage for him. We knew the dog in box two, Alpha Ulysses, liked to move off the track and so we thought Hasten Slowly should be able to run around the 29.70sec mark,” Langton said.
Stopping the clock at 29.77, Langton and Britton weren’t far off at all.
Hasten Slowly is no stranger to group racing, having finished second to Despacito in the Group Two Great Chase final at The Meadows (525m) in his fifth career start. He also ran second in the Group One Australian Cup to Hecton Bale at The Meadows – picking up $71,335 in prize money and a sixth placing in the Harrison-Dawson at Sandown after finding trouble.
Hasten Slowly’s win in the Flying Amy Classic in Brisbane on Thursday night was just one of three victories for the Fernando Bale and Heidi Go Seek litter. Litter brothers Go Seek Fernando and Aldrich also put wins on the board.
Go Seek Fernando, who is owned and trained by Langton won his eighth race from 25 starts over Sandown’s 595 metre distance. Aldrich recorded his ninth victory from 33 starts at Hobart (340m) for trainer Allan Clark.
The careers of Langton’s Fernando Bale and Heidi Go Seek litter continue to provide her with both joy and sadness after the passing of Heidi Go Seek last year.
Heidi Go Seek’s second litter to Barcia Bale are currently 12 months old and they have Langton excited about what their future holds.