Winner on the way to new home after claim

FAR TOO GOOD: Blake Jones guides Rocknchaton on her way to a big victory at Wagga on Friday before the mare was claimed. Picture: Courtney Rees
FAR TOO GOOD: Blake Jones guides Rocknchaton on her way to a big victory at Wagga on Friday before the mare was claimed. Picture: Courtney Rees

Rocknchaton put in a career best performance as she delivered a victory in her final start for Euroley trainer David Kennedy.

The four-year-old mare was claimed prior to taking out the Steel Supplies Pace (1755m) at Wagga on Friday night.

Racing with a $3000 price tag on her head for the first time, Kamarah trainer-driver Eric McDermott quickly snapped up Kennedy’s pacer.

Owned by Kennedy’s wife Kylie, Rocknchaton ($4.10) clocked a mile rate of 1:57.6 to bring up win number five.

She defeated another claimer Serene Major ($3.30 fav) by 9.5 metres.

Kennedy was impressed with the front running display.

“She went like a rocket,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy put the mare in as a claimer looking to draw the front.

It’s a place he believes she races the best.

“She’s done a real good job but has been hard to place,” he said.

“She has to draw the front.

“When she can draw the front she can go like that but when she doesn’t draw the front she doesn’t go as good.”

It was the first time Kennedy had entered the mare as a claimer and it didn’t take longer for interested parties t

“No one was claiming off me until this year and now I’ve put two in and they’ve gone first go,” he said.

“Anyway they are in there for a reason.

“I paid $3000 for her so I got my money back and put about $25,000 in the bank.”

The win was part of a winning double for reinsman Blake Jones.

Jones also scored success with Victorian trainer Stephen Duffy as Four Shotzzz made it back-to-back wins in the Riverina.

After saluting at Albury last week to bring up his first win in 11 starts, Four Shotzzz ($1.90 fav) was able to take advantage of an early mistake by Stuunder ($9.10) to claim another all the way victory.

He went on to take out the Riverina Crane Services Lordship Pace (2165m) by 5.4 metres, with Harps ($5.40) second for Bruce Harpley.

Reece Maguire also claimed a winning double on the night.

He kicked the nine-race card off in fine fashion with Shes All Business leading all the way.

She held off a determined Celtic Music to win by a neck.

Maguire then combined with another Leeton trainer, Norm Diebert, to take out the Conquest Pools Pace (1755m) with Knightsmile.

Another to find the front early, Knightsmile ($3.70 fav) packed too much power as he scored a dominant victory.

The five-year-old set a new best time of 1:59.2 in the 12.5-metre victory.

Continuing the trend of leaders winning, Major League ($7.60) brought up her first career win at start four when she held off a fast finishing Marylebone ($4.40) to win by a head.

Only Kyalla Luke was able to win without leading in the first six races.


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