Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Four-year-old gelding Be My Rock, a smart pacer but one of the lesser lights in the Forrestdale stable of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, made a successful farewell to racing in Western Australia when he charged home with a late burst to win the 2536m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
He will now be sent to Brisbane, along with other Bond pacers Infatuation and The Darling to continue their racing careers in Brisbane.
Be My Rock, a $14.30 chance from the inside of the back line, was sixth at the bell, three back on the pegs, and he looked to face a hopeless task when hopelessly hemmed in on the inside 600m from home.
But Deni Roberts was able to ease Be My Rock into the one-wide line when Make It Happen, in the one-out, two-back position, began to fade at the 500m mark. Be My Rock then dashed forward, and after being switched four wide on the home turn, he finished with a powerful burst to snatch victory from $5.50 chance Pradason, who had set a brisk pace all the way. The final quarters were run in 27.9sec. and 28.8sec. and the winner rated 1.56.6.
Be My Rock had nine starts in New Zealand for three wins at Alexandra Park, and his 21 starts in WA produced six wins and four placings. He has earned $69,045.
Infatuation, a five-year-old by American Ideal, has earned $96,388 from 12 wins and nine placings from 40 starts. He is a full-brother to Besotted, who earned $302,677 from 17 wins and 22 placings from 70 starts. The Darling, a three-year-old Art Major filly, has raced 17 times for four wins, seven placings and stakes of $25,122. She is a half-sister to Poisedtopounce, who has had 44 starts for 14 wins, ten placings and $108,015 in prizemoney. He will do his future racing in America.