*(Hasten Slowly with trainer Angela Langton. Photo by https://box1photography.com/race-photography)
It was a case of fifth time lucky for Hasten Slowly who finally claimed his first Group 1 win in the Sky Racing Brisbane Cup at Albion Park on Thursday night.
The son of Fernando Bale and Heidi Go Seek has finished second in four of his five Group 1 attempts which includes the Topgun, Winter Cup, Australian Cup and National Sprint.
Hasten Slowly surprised everyone including owner, trainer and breeder Angela Langton when he jumped cleanly to the front in the Brisbane Cup from box three.
“He was well drawn close to the fence,” Langton said.
“He stumbled out of the boxes a bit last week and to win the Cup he needed to begin better and that is exactly he did.”
“I was pleasantly surprised when he began so well, and I knew it would take a pretty good to run him down because he does have strength on his side.”
Hasten Slowly paid a staggering $8.70 on the TAB tote – phenomenal, considering he claimed the Group 3 Flying Amy Classic at the track and distance in June.
Victoria was heavily represented in the 2018 $75,000 to-the-winner, Sky Racing Brisbane Cup; Miss Splendamiro was the pre-race favourite from box two. The David Geall trained greyhound missed the start and couldn’t find the lead – finishing in third position.
Dyna Chancer (box eight) for Correy Grenfell and Not Available (box five) for Robert Britton finished sixth and seventh respectively.
The Brisbane Cup win was a special one for Langton who was born, raised and worked in Queensland before greyhound racing bought her to Victoria.
“It is always special to win on your home track,” Langton said.
“Extra special because we reared and raced his mother (Heidi Go Seek) and bred, reared and raced Hasten Slowly’s litter too.”
It was a great night for the Fernando Bale x Heidi Go Seek litter, with litter sister Go Seek Heidi recording a victory at Sandown while litter brother Go Seek Fernando ran second.
When Hasten Slowly won the Group 3 Flying Amy Classic at Albion Park earlier this year – litter brothers Go Seek Fernando and Aldrich also recorded wins.
“Hasten Slowly loves the track, but he is also a great traveler which I think makes all of the difference when it comes to interstate Group races.”