Day At The Track

Rocknroll Turbo fires first-up in Hobart

10:29 AM 09 Jan 2017 NZDT
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Rocknroll Turbo cruises to an easy win at Luxbet Park Hobart last night
Peter Staples Photo

Rocknroll Turbo was one of last season's better two-year-old pacers in Tasmania and from what the well-bred colt showed first-up at Luxbet Park Hobart last night he will be very competitive in feature three-year-old harness racing events this year.

The Paul Hill-trained colt won at his first two starts as a two-year-old and ended that campaign with a second to Usain Jolt in the Dandy Patch Stakes final.

Hill confirmed the colt suffered a stifle injury during his last start as a two-year-old and required plenty of time in the paddock to recover.

"This Rock N Roll Heaven colt is the real deal so when he suffered the stifle problem we just topped him straight out and gave him all the time he needed to fully recover," Hill said.

"I've taken my time with him since he came back into work because he's still growing into himself.

"Tonight was just a glorified trial really because he's certainly capable of running really good times if required."

Driver Rohan Hillier allowed Rocknroll Turbo to fall off the gate from barrier five and settled last but when Hillier called on him to sprint heading into the back straight the last time he hauled in the leaders quickly.

However, Hillier halted his progress by slotting into the one-out-one-back position so as not to have the colt punching into a headwind.

When they hit the home straight Hillier let the colt loose and he went on to score by over 15 metres from Safari Sunshine that faced the breeze for the last lap with Shesastandout a close-up third.

Rocknroll Turbo clocked a mile rate of 2.02s over 1609 metres but it could have been a lot better had the driver so desired.

Peter Staples

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