Locally trained three-year-old filly Dancing With Flo stamped herself as a pacer of the future with an outstanding win in the ADE Turf Equipment 3yo Pace at Cranbourne on Easter Sunday.
Prepared by Rick Cashman at the Cranbourne Training Centre, Dancing With Flo showed promise in each of her four starts in her freshman season of racing and resumed with an unlucky second at Bendigo on the 31st March.
Strongly supported to start favourite on Sunday, the filly dashed off the arm to initially find the lead before driver Lisa Miles elected to take a trail behind the Chris Svanosio trained pacer Crockrock running into the first turn. The daughter of A Rocknroll Dance was always travelling like a winner from that point on and unleashed a withering sprint in the home straight to record a soft 12 metre win in a time of 1:56:7 for the 1,609-metre trip.
Cashman was understandably delighted with Dancing With Flo’s victory and predicts a bright future ahead.
“Her run at Bendigo was super and I thought that with any luck today she’d be very hard to beat,” Cashman said after the race. “Lisa drove her very well and we really only needed the leader to take us to the sprint lane to make a good thing of the win.”
Cashman only prepares a small team at any one time but has enjoyed his share of success most notably with Danman who won 12 races whilst in his care and last season was anointed the Cranbourne Horse Of The Year Award. Whilst not being drawn in to any predictions about his latest stable star Cashman did provide something of an insight to her potential ability.
“Flo’s biggest asset is her high speed. I think she is quicker that Danman and his younger brother Dansbro but I’m not sure she is as tough just yet.”
Dancing With Flo is now likely to have her next outing in a three-year-old event at Kilmore on Friday 24th April.
Cashman not only trains and part-owns Dancing With Flo but also bred the filly from the unraced Art Major mare Narree Rose who he bought from the late Arthur Fullwood
Dancing With Flo is the third foal from Narree Rose, who is proving a success at stud having already produced Rocks Roy (4 wins) and Royal Bettor (2 wins) to date.
In turn Narree Rose is a daughter of the very good race mare Nyanjee who went on to produce five winners in the breeding barn including Veranjee, the winner of 26 races and over $235,000 in stakes.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography