Lane helps filly Rock Bendigo

Oct 26, 2016

Want To Rock made the most of an easier assignment to post a comfortable win at Bendigo.

The smart filly had raced in strong races since her debut win at Flemington on new Year’s Day but relished the softer company in the Orange Pride 3YO BM64 Handicap (1400m).

Want To Rock was close up in the Group III Champagne Stakes and a race at Caulfield at her previous two runs so trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra expected the daughter of Wanted to prove hard to beat.

Ellerton and Zahra added winkers to Want To Rock’s gear and the three-year-old responded to the gear change, travelling sweetly midfield until jockey Damian Lane eased her three-wide on the home turn.

Want To Rock laid in at the 150m but proved too classy for her rivals late, scoring by 1 ¼ lengths.

“This prep she’s been racing well without luck,” Lane said.

“She was very unlucky at the Valley and then last start, she raced really green between horses because she’d raced on pace for so long in those early starts. Getting off the speed is a new thing for her.

“Matty and Simon put the winkers on her today and it made her that much more tractable.

“She just rolled into it beautifully. She wanted to lay in a little bit but the winkers made a significant difference today.”

Want To Rock’s second win came at her seventh start while she earned $21,050 in prizemoney and bonuses for her Bendigo success.

Congratulations to Want To Rock’s owners at Hollylodge and all involved with the promising galloper’s latest success.