Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Will I Rocknroll has always had problems negotiating the home turn at Gloucester Park when wide on the track.
“He is a good rails horse, and if he gets a run on the fence, he will win nine times out of ten,” said star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr after guiding the $3.20 chance to a smart victory over the $1.65 favourite Typhoon Banner in the 2130m City Discount Tyres Falken Tyre Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Will I Rocknroll, trained by Gary Hall Snr, led from barrier No. 2 for the first 200m before Dylan Egerton-Green sent Typhoon Banner (barrier three) to the front. Typhoon Banner then was able to coast through the opening quarters of the final mile in 32.1sec. and 30.3sec. before the final 800m was covered in 57.2sec.
Will I Rocknroll was hopelessly hemmed in approaching the home turn before Hall was able to get the gelding into the clear 120m from the post. Will I Rocknroll sprinted strongly to get to the front in the final 20m and win by a half-length from Typhoon Banner. Boom Time ($20) ran on from sixth at the bell to finish third.
“He just can’t get around the bend if he is wide,” said Hall. But he can accelerate up the straight. He doesn’t hang that badly but for some reason, probably mental, he can’t get around the bend when he is out wide. I wanted to lead tonight but I couldn’t hold out Typhoon Banner. Then we were lucky enough to get out and get over Typhoon Banner.”
Will I Rocknroll now has raced 71 times for 16 wins, 11 placings and $156,780. All his 37 starts in Western Australia have been at Gloucester Park for five metro-class wins and five placings. His half-brother Kashed Up won the Group 2 Queensland Sun at Albion Park early in July, and he has earned $249,535 from 11 wins and 18 placings from 42 starts.