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On The Rocks Confirmed for Herbie Dyke
Meanwhile, with Harlech almost certain to head somewhere in Australia, co-trainer Michael Moroney said On The Rocks is on track to try and defend his crown in the Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 8 following his last start unplaced run in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m). "He didn't see daylight at all in the Thorndon, he just got held up. Even though he is a little bloke, he is a big striding horse and does need to get flowing a bit and couldn't," said Moroney who advised that his team has taken a patient approach with On The Rocks after he took a while to recover from his gelding operation. "He had a bit of a setback. We gelded him and that knocked him around a little bit being an older horse. We have given him the time to get over it, hence why he's racing a little later in the season. He's on fresh legs."