ROCK ON FINDS NICHE IN NSW RACING
Rock On, a Timaru 3YO filly winner last term and twice placed in 13 starts for the Cran Dalgety stable, has found her niche in New South Wales, after being sold in August.
The four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare was a first-up third at Penrith since teaming up with Amanda Turnbull on October 3, and has been unbeaten in four subsequent Bathurst starts.
Rock On lowered her best mile rate to 1:55.4 when leading and winning a Star Trek Heat over 1730m pace at Bathurst on October 30.
Now raced on lease by Stuart and Margaret Valentine, she was much too good in the $12,240 Bedwells Feedbarn Star Trek Final on Friday night, November 8, winning by 14 metres in a 1:58.6 rate for the 1730m.
She will have value as a broodmare at the end of her rac career, being a half-sister to other useful winners in Punter’s Dream ((1:57.7, Aust, six WA wins & $$42,134) and Hundie (1:56.1, US, five wins & $36,235), who did a good job for the Kentuckiana Lodge team late last term before heading to the USA.
Hundie is closing in on another USA win for the Nik Rennan stable, after running second to London Seelster at Yonkers, New York, on November 2, being race-timed in 1:53.2 (fifths).
Their dam Zagami,a sister to former top filly Lizzie Maguire (1:55.1), former Kentuckiana Lodge winner Matt Maguire (p, 1::53.9), Tori Maguire (1:57, Aust) and Martine Maguire (1:57,7), didn’t win in only eight starts when prepared by Cran, but ran second in a 1:58.8 rate (1700m) at Forbury, in one of her three placings.
Another former Kentuckiana Lodge pacer to advance his score in Australia was (I’m) Shadow Boxer, a son of Shadow Play, who raced for the stable as a two-year-old.
Shadow Boxer racked up his eighth win in 51 starts when taking out the Rufell Jewellers Pace at Bendigo, Victoria, on Friday night, taking his earnings over $50,000.
Trained by Ashleigh Herbertson, Shadow Boxer finished best to win by 3.8 metres in a lifetime best mile rate of 1:56.1 for the mobile 1650m.