Childs on Fast track to los­ing claim

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By RAY HICK­SON

IN-FORM ap­pren­tice Jordan Childs is hop­ing to con­tinue his un­beaten run on promis­ing im­port Fast­net Latina at Caulfield to­mor­row and in the process edge closer to out­rid­ing his 1.5kg claim.

But he won’t be able to take ad­van­tage of that claim in the Trea­sury Wine Es­tates Hand­i­cap (1600m) as Fast­net Latina is al­ready on the min­i­mum and Childs has dropped his usual rid­ing weight from 55kg to 54kg to keep the ride.

The four-year-old, trained by Archie Alexan­der, has pro­gressed from a first-up maiden win at Terang in Jan­uary to post re­stricted class wins at Sandown, Moonee Val­ley and Mor­phettville.

“Archie and the team are do­ing a great job plac­ing him right so he can go through his grades, Satur­day is an­other step up but I think he is a class horse,” Childs said.

“I have lot of con­fi­dence in the horse.”

Childs, son former cham­pion jockey Greg

has just four wins re­main­ing to lose his claim and says Fast­net Latina is ver­sa­tile enough to cope with what­ever un­folds in his tough­est test to­mor­row.

“He’s a very push but­ton ride,” he said.

“He jumps well, puts him­self in a spot and you can al­most do what­ever you want on him.

“There’s a bit of speed in the race out wide so hope­fully we can get a good run be­hind them, peel out, and keep do­ing what he’s do­ing.”

The 21-year-old, who posted his first Listed success in last Tues­day’s VRC St Leger on Dornier, will be us­ing his claim on Lauchetti in the No Fuss Events Hire Hand­i­cap (1200m).

Lauchetti has won three of his last four starts, two for Childs, and downed sub­se­quent win­ner Search Squad at Sandown on Easter Mon­day.

Childs said the geld­ing is a bit like Fast­net Latina in that he’s able to be rid­den con­fi­dently and ex­pects an­other strong show­ing to­mor­row.

“He’ll be a good ride again for sure,” he said.

“He makes his own luck and is very tough to the fin­ish. His last four starts have been his best, he keeps step­ping up as well.”

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