Wonderful Win Victoria Roc(ks)

Date: 30 Mar 2022

Wonderful Win Victoria Roc(ks)

 

Backed off the map, Victoria Roc (3 f Turn Me Loose - Cap Eden Roc, by Fastnet Rock) impressively won the $12,000 Maiden 3YO 1200 metres on 30 March at Matamata.

Unbeaten in three trials, most recently when striding clear on 1 March at Avondale, Victoria Roc was trimmed up from $1.80 to $1.45 and won accordingly.

From barrier two, rider Opie Bosson had Victoria Roc jogging behind the two pacemakers, was across heels to avoid implications before turning for home and she simply won as she liked by three and three-quarter lengths.

Without being pushed, Victoria Roc clocked a smart 1:10.1, last 600m in 35, in a race sponsored by Matamata Directional Drilling.

A product of Windsor Park Stud stallion and triple Group 1 winner Turn Me Loose, Victoria Roc is the spitting image of her impressive winning dam Cap Eden Roc, and carries a Danehill cross through the dam line of Turn Me Loose and as sire of dam sire Fastnet Rock.

“She has always shown plenty of ability and it was a great win,” said trainer Jamie Richards. “We'd taken our time with her since trialling at the start of March because of wet tracks, but the weather played its part leading up to this meeting.

“She's a natural galloper, has a high cruising speed, and it was a good ride by Opie (Bosson).

“We expect she can go on and win more races, hopefully make the step to stakes' racing, and our thanks to Jonny Hendricksen and Geoff Roan for sending her to Te Akau to be trained.”

Bred on the same Turn Me Loose/Fastnet Rock cross, Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM purchased Lot 246, bay colt, at recently completed Karaka Book 1 Sale.

By proven international sire and sire of sires Iffraaj (Zafonic), Turn Me Loose won three Group 1 races: 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), Emirates Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m), and Futurity (Gr. 1, 1400m).

Te Akau has had tremendous success with the progeny of Fastnet Rock, none more so than nine time Group 1 winner Avantage, while also experiencing success with him as a broodmare sire.

Top stakes' placed sprinting mare Romantic Lady is out of Fastnet Rock mare, along with stakes' placed Zouluminous, and six time stakes' winner Need I Say More, while Group 1 winning stallion Tivaci is also from a Fastnet Rock mare. As a broodmare sire, Fastnet Rock has left 55 stakes' winners.

Turn Me Loose was recently represented by his first Group 1 winner when Lickety Split won the Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) at Ellerslie.

Totalling 115, Richards extended his premiership lead to 45 following the victory, including 33 stakes' wins, of which seven are Group 1.

Victoria Roc was strapped by Sam Bergerson

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz

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