Day At The Track

Rock too solid in St Arnaud Cup

05:08 AM 10 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Road To Rock
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Elmore harness racing trainer Keith Cotchin says he will look back on yesterday’s St Arnaud Cup win with enormous pride in years to come.

The 54-year-old horseman produced Road To Rock to win the feature, which is part of the Country Cups Carnival.

“We’d been confident for a while that he had a country cup in him,” said. “He hadn’t had much luck though, first running into Guaranteed in the Swan Hill Pacing Cup and then not having much room at his next two starts in the Kilmore and Maryborough Cups.”

Road To Rock was afforded a typically marvellous drive champion reinswoman Kerryn Manning, who guided the son of Village Jasper off his 10-metre handicap to slot in nicely just off the pace in the 2520-metre event.

Manning kept the gelding out of trouble and away from the markers, eager to give him every chance at a traffic-free run.

The result was a head victory over Tyler Bromac, with Lord Monaloo a metre-and-a-half away third.

 “Kerryn drove him really well,” Cotchin declared. “We didn’t want him to be locked in. He’s such a genuine stayer.”

The victory was Road To Rock’s 13th from 45 starts, with the seven-year-old’s earnings sitting on $83,370.

Cotchin stated he was thrilled to be training Road To Rock, which was transferred from owner Graham Locke’s stables last July when Locke’s son got a job in Mildura.

“I was in the right spot at the right time and I’m very lucky to be training the horse for Graham,” Cotchin said.

Cotchin, who prepared Tanabi Bromac to win the 2010 Shepparton Gold Cup, revealed the Gunbower, Yarra Valley and Cobram are potential target races.

“He’s pulled up really well again. He’s eaten all his food this morning,” Cotchin said. “The country cups only come around once a year, so we deliberately targeted this time of year with him.

“He can stay, which makes a big difference because you don’t have to rely on the races being run a certain way. He’s also good from the stand starts.”

Evergreen nine-year-old squaregaiter Neville Vaughan won the St Arnaud Trotters’ Cup over 2520 metres with Mat Craven in the cart for Bolinda based trainer Ryan McMillan.

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