Rock Me Over Piles up the Cash

Five-year-old Rock Me Over, purchased for a mere $6000 13 months ago, has become a wonderful bargain and he boosted his earning for his new owners to $110,499 when he set the pace and held on to beat a gallant Jack William by a neck in the 2130m Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

This took his record for his new connections to six wins and 17 placings from 44 starts.

Shannon Suvaljko made the most of an unexpected late opportunity to drive Rock Me Over after leading reinsman Chris Voak felt unwell and went home to rest after driving unplaced runner Hes All Blue in the opening event, thus forfeiting drives behind the strongly-fancied Rock Me Over and six other horses later in the program.

Suvaljko took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier and Rock Me Over, the $1.780 favourite, had the luxury of coasting through the first two quarters of the final mile in 31.4sec. and 30.6sec. before dashing over the final 400m sections in 29.1sec. and 28sec. Jack William raced in the breeze throughout and fought on tenaciously to be a close second, with Athabascan running on from the one-out, one-back position to be third.

Serpentine trainer Matt Scott, who races Rock Me Over in partnership with Tony Maguire and his son Ian, said: “It’s been a good two days, with a winner (Brookies Jet) on Thursday and Rock Me Over tonight. Two barrier ones is always a help.

“Rock Me Over will race again next weekend, either here at Gloucester Park on Friday night or in the $30,000 Narrogin Cup the following night. I’m not sure whether I’ll start Rock Me Over or Son Of A Tiger in the Narrogin Cup. I was beaten a nose when Always Arjay lost to El Jacko in last year’s Narrogin Cup.”

Rock Me Over, who is a half-brother to star pacer Handsandwheels (78 starts for 28 wins, 23 placings and $657,718), now has raced 90 times for 17 wins, 30 placings and $236,057 in prizemoney. His win on Friday night ended a losing sequence of nine.