A New Zealand syndicate has completed the purchase in America of the three-year-old Rocknroll Hanover colt, Johny Rock, who will race in NZ and later do stud duties.
Johny Rock, one of the top three-year-olds in commission in USA this year, is at present doing quarantine in Auckland and is expected to join the Christchurch stable of dual NZ Cup winning trainer Graham Court at the end of this month.
The syndication was assisted by well known Christchurch identity Peter O’Rourke, principal of Stallions Australasia Pty Ltd. At the time of writing there was only one share remaining to be sold in the horse.
“Shares were for a 1/25th ownership and many have purchased multiple shares. Ownership stretches from the deep south of NZ to the far reaches of WA,” O’Rourke said.
“We are very excited to bring Johny Rock to NZ. We believe he will make his mark as a racehorse in NZ and being a son of Rocknroll Hanover, will be an outstanding addition to stallion ranks in the future,” he added.
“He possessed brilliant gate speed and a perfect gait. He is a lovely individual, 15.3 hands with a strikingly defined muscular physique.”
Johny Rock proved himself a brilliant pacer on his day, taking a record of 1:48 on a five furlongs track and winning almost $400,000 in stakes.
As a two-year-old Johny Rock raced on 10 occasions for four wins and four placings, earning $151,241. His most important success was the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship at The Meadowlands, in which he took his two-year-old record of 1:51.2.
He also won a heat of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and finished runner-up to Captaintreacherous in a heat of the Metro Pace and second in the $71,000 Geers Stake.
While at three he won a further five races including the $200,000 Battle of Brandywine Consolation in 1:48.6, the $39,000 John Simpson Memorial, a prep for the New Jersey Classic and a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes (2nd in final beaten a neck).
He bankrolled $246,757 as a three-year-old racing against the likes of Captaintreacherous, Rockin Amadeus, Wake Up Peter, Resistance Futile and other stars.
All told, Johny Rock had 25 starts for the splendid record of nine wins, seven seconds and a third for $397,998.
A $60,000 yearling at the Lexington sale, Johny Rock is a son of Rocknroll Hanover (1:48.6), world champion racehorse and sire, and Soggy Britches (1:50.4), a $200,000 winning daughter of the Woodrow Wilson winner Allamerican Ingot (1:50.6) and Soggy Dragon (1:55), by Dragon’s Lair from the French Chef mare Soggy.
Johny Rock is a member of the same family as the Cane Pace winner Smog, the Jugette winner Watering Can, Die Lute (1:49.6), Gehrig ($874,387), Ryan’s Miracle (1:50.8) and Sprinkler, a leading sire of three-year-olds in Australia.
by Peter Wharton