Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Deni Roberts admitted after driving Ima Rockabilly Rebel to victory in the 2130m Allwood Stud Continues To Show The Way Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night that she was surprised at the gelding’s sparkling acceleration.
Ima Rockabilly Rebel, a winner at his two previous starts, was facing a rise in class and was excellent value as a $6.20 chance from barrier four.
He enjoyed a perfect trip in the one-out, one-back position before flashing home with a four-wide burst to win by just over a length from stablemate Booraa ($15), with another stablemate Dont Bother Me None ($12) a neck away in third place, thus giving champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond a trifecta result.
The $1.36 favourite and polemarker Euphoria set a solid pace before wilting to finish fifth.
“Ima Rockabilly Rebel didn’t actually travel as well as he has been, and this caught me a bit off guard,” said Roberts. “But the minute I was ready to hook him out he latched on and covered them that quickly that it shocked me.
“He was racing classier horses than he has been meeting, and he showed that he is capable of going up in every level and getting better and better.”
Ima Rockabilly Rebel, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old by A Rocknroll Dance, has raced exclusively in Western Australia and has earned $77,527 from ten wins and six placings from 21 starts. His nine starts this season have produced six wins, two seconds and a fifth placing.
His dam Judy Jetson also produced The Bird Dance, who has had 45 starts for 23 wins, four placings and stakes of $217,124. The Bird Dance, now racing in America, was a great success for the Bond stable, with his 26 starts in WA resulting in 15 wins and three placings.