Quality Brisbane mare Zero Rock showed she was on track for next month’s R.M.Williams Magic Millions Cup (1400m) with a dashing win in today’s listed $200,000 Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben.
The mare, in red hot form, treated her rivals with contempt – racing clear in the straight for a length victory over the well fancied runner Liston Son.
Winning trainer Kelso Wood was delighted with the performance and was looking forward to the remainder of the summer preparation for the classy mare.
“She’s had her knockers but that’s the best win of her career,” Wood told AAP.
“She’s always had the dash early in her career but I’ve always felt she would run 1400 metres.”
The only dilemma facing connections is finding another race between today and the R.M.Williams Magic Millions Cup on January 15.
“I may have to find something for her before the Magic Millions but I’m not sure what.”
Winning rider Chris Munce said Zero Rock was a genuine racehorse who continues to improve with seasoning.
“They went quick and she relaxed well but she always keeps trying.”
“I came around them four deep and she went very quick and was able to sustain it.”
“She’s older now and more mature,” Munce added.
Zero Rock sent her earnings over the $600,000 barrier with today’s success. She was purchased for $16,000 at the 2007 Magic Millions July Monthly Sale at the Gold Coast.
A daughter of Danehill’s Golden Slipper winning son Danzero, Zero Rock is one of three winners produced by the former smart Brocco racemare Broc ‘n’ Roll.
That makes Zero Rock a half sister to the Brisbane winner and Tommy Smith Slipper placegetter Rock Idol.
Broc ‘n’ Roll is a half sister to Uncanny Lady, the unraced dam of classy Melbourne sprinting filly Dubleanny.
Winner: Zero Rock (Danzero-Broc ‘n’ Roll)
Race: BRC Lough Neagh Stakes LR (1350m)
Sold for: $16,000
Sale: 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast July Monthly Sale
Buyer: Magic Millions as agent
Owner(s): DHT & Mrs DM Devine
Trainer: Kelso Wood (Eagle Farm)
PICS – Dan Costello.