Saturn Rock goes from worst to first

Stars align: Larry Cassidy steers Saturn Rock to victory in the Nudgee Quality at Doomben

Stars align: Larry Cassidy steers Saturn Rock to victory in the Nudgee Quality at Doomben on Saturday. Picture: Trackside Photography Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)

TRAINER Tony Crane was super confident, jockey Larry Cassidy anything but, yet both agreed Saturn Rock’s win in Saturday’s Listed Nudgee Quality was a super result.

Cassidy was frank when assessing what he thought the chances of Saturn Rock breaking her 651-day run of outs were.

“I actually thought the one in the previous race (The Lynches) was my best and it ran near last and I thought this was my worst ride of the day and it won,” Cassidy said. “And I’m not that bad a judge!”

Crane inherited Saturn Rock last campaign after Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock gave $270,000 at the Magic Millions National Sale.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock was five times stakes placed as a two and three-year-old and Rounsefell has invested heavily in the family on behalf of clients.

“This is the first full preparation I’ve had with her and I thought her first-up run was excellent, so I was confident she would run a big race,” Crane said.

“I won the Magic Millions Sprint in 2004 with Gullcatcher, but this is my first Listed win. Boomer Bloodstock have put a lot of faith in me and it’s great to return that by winning this race.”

Trainer Brian Wakefield will chase more QTIS riches for improving three-year-old Denarius, who overcome a wide barrier to win.

“I’d love to draw a barrier with him one day. He’s drawn out in every start so far,” Wakefield said.

Thinkhesaurus is becoming a pro at winning from wide gates over the short courses at Doomben, doing it for the second time yesterday.

Trainer Matt Kropp said the horse can be slow away and the wider draws give him the chance to muster speed, rather than being crossed and put out of the race early.

“Don’t get me wrong, it would be best to draw well and jump, but the wide draw is more forgiving when he’s a bit tardy,” Kropp said.

Trainer Darren Bell had to settle for another second with Eight’s A Party, but celebrated earlier with Falino.

“He had everything to suit him today. He was down in the weights, had a dry track and a fast pace,” Bell said.

“He’s a really smart horse and he should have just about been in the finish at Caloundra last start when the riderless horses (Excellantes) broke the field up he couldn’t go with them to stay in touch, but he got home well that day.”

Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Sunday Mail


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