Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ good looking galloper Boss Rock finally put it all together with a convincing staying win at Cranbourne.
The black son of Melbourne Cup winner Americain was having his 12th start when he coped with a heavy 8 track to win over 2100 metres for jockey Noel Callow and trainers John and Chris Meagher.
Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan welcomed the win, which he said came later than the norm with an Ontrack horse.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a maiden win at start number 12, but this horse has been a definite work in progress and it’s probably fair to say that his lack of racing savvy has cost him a victory on a few occasions.
“Being by Americain from a Fastnet Rock mare we never imagined he would show early form, but it’s probably fair to say that he has taken longer than most horses to learn his craft.
“He has proved a bit of a difficult ride in some of his starts, but that’s been caused by immaturity rather than temperament and I think a strong rider like Noel Callow has helped him concentrate.
“To be fair to the horse he has had a win, two seconds and two fourths from his last five starts and he’s been close to the winner in nearly every start.
“Even his first up eighth in this campaign had merit as the winner that day was the subsequent VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound.
“We will assess how he comes through this Cranbourne win before making any plans but it’s nice to get the maiden out of the way and know that he is going to get a middle distance,” said Grant Morgan.
Purchased out of the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Boss Rock is out of the two race winner And Rock who was a juvenile winner at Moonee Valley and placed in the Group 3 Morphettville Guineas.
“It’s a family that’s produced a number of useful horses up to 1600 metres, so it’s fair to say that Boss Rock has inherited a fair amount of stamina,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our winning owners: Ontrack And Rock Syndicate - Victoria Maloney, Lynette Bruce, Wesley Robert, Stephen Carroll, Bebe Mawer, Gaye Hunt; Triple Jac Racing (Tony Hale), Carol Connolly, Peter & Lyn Beesley, Stephen McKay, Carol Stuart, Bobby Vucenovic, Judy Coleman, David Moretti, Mark Ostermeyer, Vin Harink, Sandy Tranter & Bill Clark.