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“I wish I’d kept him!” said Brian Finch after the two-year-old Master Of My Fate colt, Fast Love, had won his debut for trainer Glen Kotzen in impressive fashion on the Polytrack at Greyville on Monday.

Fast Love (from Weekend Special, by Spectrum) was one of three colts Finch, via Ditro Bloodstock, had consigned to the 2019 CTS Ready To Run Sale. He commented: “The first one, Remus, won on debut for Brett Crawford and the second was Fast Love. Both are now based in Durban for the Champions Season. The third, Xenon, is unraced with Ashley Fortune, he was sold to a Mauritian interest so I’m not sure whether he will stay on here.”

Finch said that he’d placed no reserve on Fast Love when he was consigned to the popular Durbanville auction: “He was undervalued at R90,000. Justin Vermaak and Glen Kotzen bought him on spec. He had a lot of quality about him and he’d breezed well. It was a shrewd buy and while I would love to have raced him myself, I am happy for his owners Renier and Gemma Breitenbach because Glen thinks this is a smart horse.”

Fast Love was sluggish out of the 1400m gates, raced green, and was last in the early part of the contest. When the field swung for home, jockey Anton Marcus took him to the outside rail for a run.

Fast Love quickened up well, shot into the lead with 150m to run and won by 2.50-lengths.

Kotzen’s assistant, John Buckler, commented: “He was a two-year-old against older Maidens, first time on the Polytrack over 1400m and we hadn’t done too much with him at home, so he had factors against him. That he won so well underlines his talent, I think he is above average.”

Buckler said that Fast Love is likely to be aimed at the Listed Gatecrasher Stakes over 1400m at Greyville on 28 June.”