Childs on Fast track to losing claim
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.”