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Wood Rocks Rivals At Awapuni

Friday, 26th April 2019

Exciting Karaka graduate Rock On Wood (NZ) has continued his perfect 4YO season, recording his first black-type win in Thursday’s $50,000 Listed Anzac Mile (1600m) at Awapuni in New Zealand. Bought for $26,000 at the 2016 Festival Sale frommthe draft of Long Acres Stud, Rock On Wood showed huge promise as a 3YO with two wins and close fourths in the Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) and Gr2 Waikato Guineas (2000m). He has gone to another level this season, kicking off with impressive victories at Hastings and Awapuni before stepping up to stakes level on Thursday. Trained by Leanne Elliot and ridden by her son Ryan, Rock On Wood dropped back towards the tail of the field before quickening in the straight to run down Gr1 winner Shadows Cast (NZ) (Per Incanto) in the final strides head. Rock On Wood has now had nine starts for five wins and $97,875 in prize-money – almost four times his purchase price. Runner-up Shadows Cast was passed in at the 2014 South Island Sale with a $10,000 reserve. He has won 10 of his 36 starts, headed by this year’s Gr1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham, for $435,202 in prize-money.

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