Gold rocks his rivals at Sale

Feb 05, 2017

Sometimes it pays off when a pre-race plan goes out the window at it turned out that way for Rock ‘N’ Gold in the $60,000 Sale Quality (1200m).

Jockey Katelyn Mallyon wanted to give Rock ‘N’ Gold time to find his feet early in the Sale Quality but a smart beginning left her with no option than to take the sprinter to the front.

The decision panned out perfectly for the duo Rock ‘N’ Gold was unchallenged through the middle stages of the race, which left the gelding with plenty in reserve for a finishing dash in the straight.

Rock ‘N’ Gold sprinted too well for his opposition before holding off a challenge in the last 50m to get home for a deserved win by a half-length.

"I didn't want to go forward but I was left with no option after him beginning so well," Mallyon said.

"No-one wanted to go forward so the race played right into my hands and we were able to go out at our own tempo and he was really solid late.

"He's a horse that looks around a little bit and he was doing that but he was definitely good on the line."

Rock ‘N’ Gold’s win was his first in seven starts but the son of Rock Of Gibraltar had notched a staked placing at Sandown in November and competed honestly during the summer months for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

"It's well done to Matty and Simon, they've got this horse absolutely flying and it's fantastic to get the win today for all the owners," Mallyon said.

"He's a good sprinter and he's going really well."

Rock ‘N’ Gold’s Sale Quality success was his fifth in 31 starts while the $33,000 winner’s cheque took his stakes tally to more than $226,000.

Congratulations to Rock ‘N’ Gold’s owners and all involved with the six-year-old’s latest win.