Classy filly Rocks on debut at Flemington

Jan 01, 2016

Natural development has put Want To Rock in the Blue Diamond Stakes picture after her fighting win in Friday’s New Year Plate (1000m) at Flemington.

Want To Rock had pleased trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra with her demeanour and performances in jumpouts at Werribee and Flemington before her debut success.

Zahra said Want To Rock ($11) had been comfortable with her workload leading up to her Flemington outing in which she raced on pace before fighting hard under apprentice Katelyn Mallyon to defeat the John Sadler-trained La Renarde by a half neck.

“We’ve had a good opinion of her because she’s got here naturally,” Zahra said. “When we took her to Werribee she showed good ability and she took the day in her stride.

We put her in a jumpout here the other day and she went well. I thought she was a good filly and I thought her trials were good without pushing her.

“We’ve never let her head go in any of her trials and she’s done everything right.”

Zahra said he and Ellerton would assess how Want To Rock recovered from her first-up success before deciding whether to run her in the Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield later this month.

“We’ll see how she pulls up because she’s got a fair bit of talent there and obviously the second horse has too,” he said.

“She’s earned her way for a crack at the better races but it depends on how her shins and joints and everything else are when she pulls up.”

Ellerton and Zahra endured some pre-race tension when the favourite Sword Of Light was withdrawn from the $80,000 race after playing up in the barriers.

Zahra said the occasion got the better of the filly, who also had barrier issues before her easy debut win at Echuca last month.

“Her mother was the same, or probably a bit worse,” Zahra said.

“We’ll have to take her home and work it out but hopefully she’ll be back at the races for the Blue Diamond series as well.”

Congratulations to Want To Rock's owners - Hollylodge - and all involved with her brilliant debut win.