A Sydney meeting on a Wednesday would not be complete at present without a Waterhouse and Bott stable three-year-old win with Adam Hyeronimus adding his own success with his fourth Wednesday win in succession when he guided Rock Amore to win through the Heavy 10 track at The Farm.
The track had received in excess of 60mm of rain before the meeting so it was a fitness test for all the maiden three-year-old’s in the $50,000, ATC Members Tours Handicap (1400m) and so it proved with three of the seven horse field leaving the rest to fight out the finish.
Off the turn Promotions (59kg) and James McDonald took over the lead from Entente who found the ground too difficult and Godolphin’s runner was running strongly in the middle of the track. He was then joined by Rock Amore (55.5kg) and Hyeronimus to the outside with Lucky Imperator (54.5kg) and Glyn Schofield further out again making a challenge. The rest were a long way behind.
The three went together over the final 50m with Rock Amore prevailing over Lucky Imperator (Holy Roman Emperor) with Promotions (Exceed And Excel) third under his top-weight.
The margins were a neck and a nose with 4 1/2L back to Palurien in fourth.
The time was 1.28.33 with the final 600m in 38.55. Rock Amore paid $14.00 on fixed odds and $12.60 on the tote.
“I felt he had come back in great shape and we saw that in the improvement in his work throughout this preparation. It was only the first up over this trip on these testing conditions, that was really the only query,” said co-trainer Adrian Bott.
“But he has stuck it out well and obviously he is in for a nice preparation going forward. We have always had in the back of out minds that he could be produced late in the Carnival down in Melbourne with a race like the Carbine Club.
“Johnny McKeever purchased the horse from the sales and he races for a great bunch of his clients. Johnny will be out here in November and I am sure it would be a race he would love to be winning,” he said
“That is his distance, a couple of earlier races were short of what he needs and he was still learning what was going on,” said Hyeronimus.
“He has come back well this preparation and I was a little but worried about his fitness at 1400m first up so that is why I order him conservatively to make sure I had something to finish with.
“At the top of the straight I thought I was going to win easily, but it was a bit of slog there over the last furlong (200m), but he got the job done,” he said.
Rock Amore is a colt by Fastnet Rock out of the More Than Ready mare Nicamorae and this was his fourth race. Owned by Mr C T Burgess, Sir T S Gnanalingam, Mr J S C Chua and Mr P Krishnasamy the colt has earned stakes of $38,135.
ATC Members Tours Handicap, photo finish picture ATC