Rocabella rocks on
Talented three-year-old Rocabella broke through for her maiden win at Morphettville Parks on Wednesday, November 25.
A well backed $2.80 favourite, the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained filly scored a half-length win in the Weslo Security Maiden (1250m).
Ridden by Barend Vorster, Rocabella settled outside the leader before going clear in the home straight.
The filly responded to Vorster’s urgings to score from Free Of Sin ($21) with Noname Lane ($6) a head away third.
Once in front Rocabella didn’t really stamp her authority on the race but always was going well enough to win.
Trainer Tony McEvoy believes there is more to come from Rocabella.
“She won and that was all she had to do today,” McEvoy said.
“But she hasn’t worked it out yet, this girl, she has got so much more talent than this.
“I thought with the run she had today she was entitled to have a killer punch and I don’t think she did.
“She got the job done that was very pleasing, but she hasn’t transferred her training to her racing yet.
“She floated first up from a break at her last start, and just got it all wrong and wasn’t entitled to run third.
“The blinkers have sharpened her, and it worked today, but she might still be a bit immature.
“She’s a Nicconi filly, when you see her she’s a gorgeous filly with lovely scope.
“It may not be her time, but I know the talent is in there, we just have to find the key.”
Gawler identity Henny Leverink bred Rocabella and still retains a share in the ownership.
“Henny bred this filly and they stayed in, which is really pleasing” McEvoy said.
“They have a good filly, and she races in the colours of Jason Biasin from Metricon Homes.
“Jason is a good supporter of South Australian racing with his father Mario, so it was great to win for them today.
“I’m sure there is more there.”