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Rockabilly Blues wins Ladyship final impressively

09:06 AM 07 Apr 2019 NZST
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Rockabilly Blues
Photo Bruce Stewart

Chicago Bull's big little-sister Rockabilly Blues added the Southland Harness Awards Ladyship Super Final at Ascot Park on Saturday afternoon to her already impressive racing record.

But her owners and trainers John and Katrina Price don't see that as her long-term career.

“I think she's got more residual value as a broodmare,” John Price said of the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Chicago Blues.

Unlike Chicago Bull, by Bettor's Delight, who is small in stature, Rockabilly Blues has a much bigger frame and took longer to fill it out.

“Because of her size, she was late coming to it, she was very fast in a straight line but needed to strengthen,” said Katrina. “Her two workouts as a three-year-old were quite ordinary and she was booked to go to Sweet Lou. Before she was due to be served, we worked her up, she went pretty good at some workouts and trials so we decided to put the service on hold.”


Rockabilly Blues beating Major Sass at Ascot Park                - Photo Bruce Stewart

After qualifying in September, the four-year-old debuted against non-winner mares and fillies in November. A week later she was at it again.

“Then she won a Ladyship final against the same grade of horses and was rated 60 after just two starts,” said Katrina, pointing out a minor injury caused the mare to miss the appropriate Nuggets she would have been eligible for. Placing Rockabilly Blues became difficult, although she was never far away in some strong fields.

“We decided the $20,000 Ladyship final and Southern Belle Series would be her main targets, she'll probably go to stud in the spring.”

Regards Chicago Bull, the Prices said they maintain regular contact with his Western Australian trainer Gary Hall and the six - year -old has resumed hoppled work. Prior to his unfortunate injury on the verge of the New Zealand Cup, Katrina and John were looking forward to being there.

They had fond memories of him but foremost is how tiny he was with Katrina recalling people at his early workouts asking what the foal they had in was. The Winton-based couple revealed that after some good efforts as a two-year-old there was a lot of interest in him but it came to nothing because of his size.

It was after clocking 1:53.7 in the 2015 Jewels, just an eighth of a second slower than the winner Lazarus, that things changed. Katrina told the story that he was sold to Gary Hall within half an hour and when he saw how small he was he said he might post him back in a cardboard parcel. Katrina also remembered how difficult it was in his first preparation to get the wee fella to pace, suggesting she had the hopples up as tight as a dog collar.

But he was the future winner of 1.8 million dollars and that will be of great assistance to Rockabilly Blues in her breeding career.

 

Mac Henry

for Southland Harness Racing

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