Just Rockon Bye in the Twilight

Talented mare Just Rockon Bye notched her 25th victory when she finished powerfully to snatch victory in the Members Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and will soon be retired to enjoy the second stage of her splendid career as a broodmare.

“She’s been a good mare,” said trainer Gary Hall Snr. “She’s booked into Bettors Delight and will race while in the early stages of her pregnancy before being retired.”

The much-travelled Rockon Bye has proved a great bargain for her South Australian owners Adam, Ben and Terry Cormack, who purchased her for $15,000. Rockon Bye is a winner of two races in New Zealand, 14 in South Australia, three in Victoria and six (plus ten placings) from 28 starts in Western Australia. Her stake-earnings now stand at $206,660.

Rockon Bye, a $6.20 chance (and at $8.50 on the fixed market), started from the No. 4 barrier and she settled in fourth position for reinsman Gary Hall Jnr in an Indian file event for just six runners in Friday night’s race.

After Our Alfie Romeo moved to the breeze 1200m from home Hall obtained a perfect trail with Just Rockon Bye in the one-out, one-back position. Ryan Warwick sent Our Alfie Romeo past the pacemaker Golden State and to the front 90m from the post. But she failed to hold out Just Rockon Bye, who went three wide at the 250m mark and got up in the final stride to score by a head at a 1.57.9 rate.   

Polemarker Rock Me Over, the $2 favourite, was beaten by Golden State for early speed and raced behind that pacer all the way. He was badly blocked for a clear passage until the final stages and finished an unlucky fourth.