Rockarral makes it 2 in a row
Talented middle-distance galloper Rockarral is building a good record for trainer Tony McEvoy.
At Sandown on Wednesday, February 20, Rockarral, ridden by Luke Currie, scored a last-stride win in the Ladbrokes Benchmark 70 Handicap (2400m).
A drifter from $5, to $6.50, the four-year-old grabbed a half-head win from The Delphi ($3.60 equal fav) with Wild Sea ($6), two lengths away third.
It was Rockarral’s second win in a row and fourth overall, with four placings from just 14 starts.
McEvoy’s Melbourne stable foreman Michael Shepherdson said Rockarral was still “a work in progress”
“He wanted to get in a bit down the home straight, but Luke got the best out of him,” Shepherdson said.
“He has taken a while to find his best form but now he has been gelded for a while he’s starting to work it out.
“Rockarral still has a way to go but it is good to see him put a couple of wins together.
Winning jockey Luke Currie said the four-year-old had been a good winner.
“Tony said to ride him to get the trip,” Currie said.
“I thought he might have settled closer but when he was happy to be back, I left him alone and he relaxed and settled into a good rhythm.
“He got into the race fairly early but got a b it lost when he did and wanted to look around so he must improve on that.
“All in all, it was a good win.
“He is still a bit raw, has taken a while to hit his straps but is getting there.”
Rockarral is owned by Queensland’s Peachester Lodge, managed by Linda Huddy.