Salinger Stakes ambitions for Born to Rock were given a boost when the quality mare scored an impressive all the way success at Moonee Valley tonight.
A daughter of Coolmore Stud’s red hot sire Fastnet Rock, Born to Rock was starting for the first time since an eye catching third in the Group One Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm in June.
A start prior to that she scored a valuable win in the listed Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich.
The four-year-olds trainer Michael Moroney was impressed with tonight’s win and said he hoped she would measure up to the Salinger at Flemington over their famous four day carnival.
“We were a little bit worried about the rain and the track,” Moroney said.
“I think she’s stronger this time around and she’s a good quality mare.”
“We’d like to think we’ll have a go at the Salinger (Stakes) with her. We’re keen on that and to keep her back to the sprinting trips.”
“She will possibly go further (in distance) in the autumn,” Moroney summed up.
Born to Rock was purchased by her present day connections for $210,000 from the draft of Yarraman Park at the 2008 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale at the Gold Coast.
As it stands her impressive record reads out at five wins and two minor placings from just 13 starts and earnings of over $180,000.
Born to Rock is a full sister to last season’s twice winning and stakes performed juvenile Cindarockinrella – a graduate of the Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale.
Both are from the well related, but unraced Peaks and Valleys mare Call Me Pretty – a half sister to three international stakes performers.
The family is packed full of international stars and among them are Group One winners Green Tune, Dr Zic, Northernette, Storm Bird and Pas de Reponse.
Born to Rock’s sire Fastnet Rock has been enjoying great success over recent weeks through the exploits of progeny including Smart Missile, Gybe, Mosheen and the untapped Melbourne filly Atlantic Jewel.