Gold rocks Cranbourne in Apache Cat Classic

Oct 15, 2017

The inevitable occurred when Rock ‘n’ Gold finished hard to claim the $100,000 Apache Cat Classic (1000m) at Cranbourne.

Rock ‘n’ Gold was always going to win a decent race in the spring after returning in terrific order from a spell and the sprinter turned in a pair of terrific runs without winning at his first two runs back.

Rock ‘n’ Gold started as a deserved favourite in the Apache Cat Classic after his impressive efforts at Mornington and Moonee Valley and the son of Rock Of Gibraltar raced closer to the speed for jockey Damian Lane.

The seven-year-old raced midfield to the home turn but Lane had to wait until the 150m to get Rock ‘n’ Gold into the clear before the smart gallop ran over the top of the leaders to score by three quarters of a length.

“This obviously looked his race,” Lane said.

“It was always going to be tricky with the way the track was playing but I think that meant there was going to be enough speed on.

“He got the lovely camp and when he got the sprint, he sprinted well.

“I was a little bit worried there for a few strides but the gap came he put them away nicely.”

Rock ‘n’ Gold’s win in the Apache Cat Classic was the sixth of the gelding’s 36-start career while the wonderful servant of the stable took his earnings to more than $317,000 with his Cranbourne triumph.

Congratulations to Rock ‘n’ Gold’s big band of happy owners and all involved with his latest win.