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Rock The Drum impresses

Rock The Drum again appeared destined to have a hard luck story to tell for the third-consecutive start on Wednesday.

Exiting barrier 10 in the 12-horse field under Damien Oliver, Rock The Drum ($5.50) was caught wide and raced keenly just off the pace in the Le Pine Funerals Plate (1600m) at Sandown Hillside.

The four-year-old gelding by Fastnet Rock was entitled to drop out of contention but had the audacity to quicken into the lead with 200 metres remaining and secure victory by two lengths.

Steinbrenner ($3.60 favourite) also didn't have the most economical on-pace run from barrier 11 and stayed on gamely for second while Little Phoenix ($8.50), who attracted some market support, finished third.

"He gave Ollie (Oliver) a bit of a hard time but he was strong through the line so it was a good effort," said winning co-trainer Ben Hayes.

"He's been unlucky his past two starts (at Cranbourne), he could have probably won both of them.

"Today he drew wide, had a tough run, but it probably helped him being out in clear running because he's a big horse with a big stride on him."

Rock The Drum is one of 38 horses stabled at Lindsay Park Racing's new property located on-course at Pakenham racecourse, with the facility managed by Bill Papazaharoudakis, who has two of his own horses at the premises.

"He really handles wet ground so we might look for another race here and take him through the grades," Hayes added.

Le Pine Funerals Plate, photo finish picture Racing.com

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