ALPHA ROCK ON WINNING ROLL AT MENANGLE
Former Kentuckiana Lodge pacer (My) Alpha Rock furthered his new love affair with the roomy Menangle track on Saturday, February 18, notching his fourth straight win there, this time lowering his career best again fractionally to 1:50.5 (1609m) with a monstrous win.
The big Rock N Roll Heaven-Sparks A Flyin gelding broke through the $100,000 stakes barrier with his latet win in a $20,400 pace
After starting from the wide 12 barrier, he again went forward for driver Lauren Tritton to be parked as the lead 400m time blazed by in 26.6s. They pressed to the front over early leader Crocket’s Cullen as the second quarter went by in an unrelenting in 27.2s.
It was a survival of the fittest over the last final two quarters in 27.8s and 28.9s but Alpha Rock kept going to hold fellow ex-Kiwi Crockets Cullen (formerly with Brent Mangos) , who lifted from the trail in the run home for Todd McCarthy but couldn’t quite get on terms with the big Alpha Rock.
Alpha Rock, trained since crossing the Tasman by Shane and Lauren Tritton for owner Rob Jones, futhered a good week for progeny of Sparks A Flyin in Australia.
Bettor’s Fire, another good winner for the Cran Dalgety stable before being sold to West Australian interests four and a half years ago, returned to winning form at Gloucester Park, Perth, on February 9, winning a $25,000 free-for-all in a 1:54.7 rate over 2150m.
By champion sire Bettor’s Delight, Bettor’s Fire has taken a 1:52.6 best winning mile rate in Perth and is nearing $A700,000 in winnings.
He’s raced 90 times for 34 wins and 20 placings lifetime, for earnings of $A695,964.
Art Union, a 6YO Art Major gelding from Sparks A Flyin, was gelded after running last in the Ashburton Cup on December 24.
The $200,000-plus winning son was claimed out of the Dalgety stable at Addington by Ashburton trainer John Hay in early December,