On The Rocks (NZ) defeats quality field in Trevor Eagle Memorial

Six last-start winners and several other highly rated gallopers clashed in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial (1500m) at Ellerslie, and it was the $40,000 Karaka purchase On The Rocks (NZ) (Alamosa) who came out on top with a dynamic front-running performance.

On The Rocks is by Alamosa out of the Volksraad mare Cold Shoulder (NZ), a half-sister to the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and Victoria Derby (2500m) winner Efficient (NZ) (Zabeel).

The colt was bought for $40,000 by Paul Moroney and is trained by his brother Mike in partnership with Pam Gerard.

Ridden by visiting Australian jockey Patrick Moloney, On The Rocks went straight to the lead from the inside gate and controlled the race from there. A number of his rivals came at him with potent finishing bursts in the straight, but On The Rocks held on strongly to win by half a length.

“He looked immaculate in the yard and he ran accordingly,” Moloney said.

Gerard indicated that the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) in March is a possible target.

“Fingers crossed,” she said. “He’s a lovely colt, you can do whatever you like with him.”

Raced by Ballymore Stables NZ Ltd, A Clark, N Gurney, A Mathieson, On The Rocks Syndicate, D P Sinn and Richard Sims, On The Rocks has now had four starts for two wins and prize-money of $36,750.

Karaka 2018 will feature a half-sister to On The Rocks. The Tavistock filly will go through the ring in Book 2 as Lot 777.

Vendor Wellfield Lodge
Purchaser Paul Moroney Bloodstock (Matamata)
Breeding Alamosa – Cold Shoulder
Sale Lot 801, 2016 Select Sale, $40,000

In other news well-bred mare All In Vogue (NZ) (Pins) cost $50,000 at Karaka as a yearling, and she boosted her earnings to almost three times that amount when she collected her second black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge Wanganui Cup (2040m).

Trained by Kevin Gray for Taranaki owners Peter and Min McDonald, All In Vogue won the Listed Warstep Stakes (2000m) as a three-year-old in the autumn of 2016 and placed in the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m) last March.

On Saturday she produced a performance that ranks among her very best, sitting in fourth place for most of the race before bursting into contention in the home straight. She faced a fierce challenge from the accomplished stayer Blathwayt (NZ) (Colombia), but she kept finding and scored by a neck.

All In Vogue has now had 27 starts for six wins, five placings and $141,135 in prizemoney. The McDonalds bought her for $50,000 from the draft of Fairdale Stud at the 2014 Premier Sale.

All In Vogue is one of five winners from seven foals to race for the Kaapstad mare Tall Poppy (NZ), who herself won 11 races including the Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m), Waikato Draught Sprint (1400m) and New Zealand Stakes (2000m). She also won the Group 2 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha, which is now a Group 1 race.

Vendor Fairdale Stud
Purchaser McDonald Investment Trust (Stratford)
Breeding Pins – Tall Poppy
Sale Lot 291, 2014 Premier Sale, $50,000