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By Graham Potter | Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The seven-year-old gelding Fast Talking claimed his sixth career win and his first success since transferring to the David Vandyke stable when he scored a comprehensive win in a BM76 Handicap over 1700m at Ipswich on April 27.

Vandyke, in fact, became the fifth trainer to have Fast talking in his care when the son of Walking Or Dancing came to him from Kody Nestor.

After two trials in February, Vandyke launched Fast Talking’s new campaign with a run over 1200m at Ipswich (in which he finished in a creditable second place) before stepping him up in distance to 1350m second up at Doomben in a BM70 contest (in which Fast talking finished fourth).

Significantly, in both a those placed efforts for his new stable, Fast Talking had finished less thana length the winner, given an indication of things to come, and that promise was fulfilled when he got up to a more favourable distance (1700m) at Ipswich, in a race in which he really took no prisoners.

Jockey Jaden Lloyd brought Fast Talking (a $2.70 favourite) across from a wide barrier in a measured but concentrated fashion soon after the break, a move which allowed Fast Talking to settle in a prominent second place, right on the heels of Olympic Class ($8.50), who had taken up the leading position.

With the lead well and truly within his sights, Fast Talking held his position until the approach to the home turn when he started applying pressure to Olympic Class.
Fast Talking was alongside the early leader on straightening, but Lloyd had to get vigorous in the saddle as other runners were also starting to quicken from behind … and Fast Talking duly responded to the urgings of his rider.

It just took a moment for Fast Talking to get balanced up again after cornering, after which his superior acceleration kicked in in no uncertain terms. In a couple of bounds he had his race won and he pulled away with ease over the last 200m to score in facile fashion.

It was a revitalised performance from Fast Talking whose last win had come as far back as November 7, 2020 … and it took his overall race record to six wins and eleven minor placings from forty-one starts.

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