Omens are good for Rocky King at Flemington today
ROCKY King will be out to make it a clean sweep of wins for Rockhampton-owned horses in the three eastern state capitals this week when he races at Flemington in Melbourne today.
A win by Rocky King in today's $150,000 Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) would follow last Saturday's locally owned successes of Our Boy Malachi (Sydney) and Flying Riddle (Brisbane).
As it stands Rocky King is the Beef Capital's biggest earner of equine prize money, currently racing with a nest egg of $368,500 in stakes alongside his name.
After hesitating at the start and being "lost" at his Melbourne debut when an out-of-character last at Moonee Valley over 1000m on October 25, Rocky King suffered muscle soreness as a result.
"He seems to be well and truly over that now," trainer Tom Bourke said.
"Actually, I was really pleased with his trackwork last Saturday on the inside grass track at Flemington when he galloped very nicely over the final 200m of his hit-out.
"It was very pleasing and he pulled up with everything being all right."
The trainer believes Rocky King has "drawn the right spot" at gate 15 over the straight 1000m of today's Early Grey stakes.
Tegan Harrison has again retained the ride.
Without any prodding Bourke offered: "I reckon he (Rocky King) is a good each-way chance and this will be his last throw of the dice in Melbourne before we head back home."
What a thrill it will be for Rocky King's co-owners Brian and Jodie Williams, Clive Nitz, Peter Barrett and Mary Greenalsh, who are in Melbourne for the Cup Carnival, to witness their pride and joy racing at Flemington at today's glamour Oaks Race Day.
Never in their wildest dreams when the owners, including Bourke and the late David Rowe, paid $11,000 for the Easy Rocking- Jazz Heaven colt at the 2011 March MM Yearling Sales would they have imagined him mixing it with the best at the Spring Carnival.
First prize money for today's Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes is $90,000 scaling down to $3000 for finishing eighth in the 16-horse field.
One thing is a racing certainty, Rocky King's owners will be celebrating with a much stronger drink than Earl Grey tea should he win or fill a placing.
The omens are good.
Fifty years ago in 1964, Rockhampton racing's greatest metropolitan locally owned sprinter, the similarly named Rocky Boy, won sprints on all of the Melbourne racecourses.