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By Graham Potter | Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Fast Talking provided the first leg of a training double for the David Vandyke stable at Doomben on June 22 … but it was nail-biting stuff.

The seven-year-old son of Walking And Dancing was a veteran of forty-two starts going into this BM72 Handicap over 2070m, but he was shown plenty of respect on the betting boards where he was marked up as an equal $2.70 favourite with the Chris Waller trained Khaalis.

The bookmakers were saying they couldn’t separate these two runners … and this time they had called it with uncanny accuracy as, in a driving finish, Fast Talking and Khaalis flashed through the line together, barely being able to be separated by the naked eye.

If you had to make a call you would have said that Fast Talking had just held on … and that was the decision that the judge handed down.

It was a very, very narrow win, but it was as well deserved as it was hard-earned.

Kyle Wilson-Taylor had taken Fast Talking to the lead from the break and the gelding held that advantage all the way through but, after fairly comfortably dictating the course of events to suit himself in the first three-quarters of the race, Fast Talking had to show resilience once the field turned into the home straight as he was placed under unrelenting pressure all of the way to the line.

But Fast Talking was brave.

The more the pressure built, the more he responded … and, in the end, his determined effort was rewarded with a victory as he put his seventh career success in the record books.

While Fast talking has now had forty-three starts, only five of those runs have been for David Vandyke with this latest result lifting his record for the stable to two wins, a second and a fourth placing from those five starts.

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