Room becomes gallery depicting exploits of Rocky King
ROCKHAMPTON'S Brian Williams admits he never really expected an additional room would have to be built onto his house to accommodate race-winning photos.
Nevertheless, that's what's happened with the room looking out on a pool becoming a picture gallery depicting the exploits of Rocky King.
"You could probably say our share of Rocky King's prizemoney has paid for half the extensions," Williams said. That was never in Williams's mind when, along with trainer Tom Bourke and a group of friends, he attended the Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast in March 2011.
"You always dream that you'll get a good one and hope for that, but it is a great ride and pleasant surprise when they come along," Williams said.
There Williams signed-up after an $11,000 bid on an Easy Rocking-Jazz Heaven yearling which now, racing as Rocky King, has won 10 of his 21 race starts and accrued just under $300,000 in prizemoney.
On Saturday at Eagle Farm in Brisbane, Rocky King will be out to shatter the $300,000 mark when he contests the $50,000 Open Handicap (1000m).
Proudly casting his eyes over the Rocky King photo gallery yesterday at his North Rockhampton home, Williams still shakes his head about the gun short-course sprinter he and his friends race as theirs.
"You just don't know what lies ahead of you when you purchase a yearling. To think that Rocky King has won six races in Brisbane within 18 months is quiet amazing," Williams said.
Five of those wins have been at Eagle Farm over his specialty course of 1000m.
At his most recent start at Eagle Farm on January 25, Williams and fellow owners, wife Jodie, Clive Nitz, Tom Bourke, Peter Barrett, Mary Greenalsh and Kim Cooper had plenty to cheer about when Rocky King won for jockey Damian Browne.
Williams said they believed Browne would be riding Rocky King again on Saturday, but those plans changed on Tuesday.
"Apparently Damian is heading down to Caulfield to ride Earthquake so Eddie Wilkinson will now ride Rocky King," Williams said.
Former Kiwi rider Wilkinson, who first came to Australia in 1994 to link-up with trainer Bruce McLachlan, will be having his first race ride on Rocky King.
That should prove no disadvantage to Wilkinson, a proven Group race winning jockey who also succeeded at international level in Singapore.
Rocky King has come-up trumps drawing the coveted rails barrier and goes out as TAB 2 in Race 4 at 2.45pm.
Incidentally, Damian Browne, apart from Earthquake in the $150,000 Fillies Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) has two other rides for glamour trainer Peter Snowden at Caulfield.
Browne rides boom colt Mohave in the Prelude for colts and geldings as well as Carillo in the $220,000 Autumn Stakes (1400m).