Having exceeded expectations during the weekend, promising filly Jo Rocks is being rewarded with a much-needed break.
Working below her best during the lead up to Saturday night’s Australian Pacing Gold Consolation, Jo Rocks surprised connections when she emerged triumphant at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Convinced the three-year-old is “still a bit off” trainer David Miles has decided to send Jo Rocks for a lengthy spell ahead of the late season majors.
“I wasn’t 100 per cent happy with her last week, but felt she was going well enough to push on for one more start,” Miles said.
“For her to come away with the win is a huge bonus as I reckon she is still a bit off.
“She’s gone to the paddock now and will have a pretty descent spell before I bring her back in for the Breeders’ Crown and Sires’ later in the year.”
With Miles holding the reins, Jo Rocks was settled three-back along the pegs as the field travelled in ‘Indian file’ with Im Lady Madeleine leading the pack.
Gaining a one-one trail at the bell, Jo Rocks dashed to the front around the home turn before sprinting to a four-and-a-half metre win from Sahara Storm.
Colerne was a metre-and-a-half away third.
“She got the right run and was able to capitalise on it,” Miles said. “I was more than happy with her performance.”
Taking her record to four wins and two placings from 13 starts, Jo Rocks rated 1:56 over 1720 metres, with her time 2.8 seconds slower than Alby Two Chains in the colts’ and geldings’ division.
Driven by Zac Phillips for trainer John Nicholson, Alby Two Chains accounted for Bondi Lockdown and Drain The Swamp.
A well-bred son of Captaintreacherous, Alby Two Chains extended his tally to five wins and a second from 13 starts.