Rocky sprinter sets sights on Melbourne

Trainer Tommy Bourke and successful Rockhampton horse Rocky King
Trainer Tommy Bourke and successful Rockhampton horse Rocky King contributed

MELBOURNE-bound Rockhampton-owned sprinter Rocky King was overnighting just outside Dubbo in Central Western NSW last night on the second leg of his three day road trip.

Rocky King and his trainer Tom Bourke left Caloundra racecourse at 4.30am Sunday and camped at Moree that night.

"Me and a mate have floated him down and he has travelled really well. As a matter of fact he is in a round yard right now (4.30pm) bucking and playing. He is handling everything very well", Bourke said yesterday.

The trainer said he expected to arrive at the stables of Flemington trainer Mike Moroney this afternoon.

"I decided to make it a three day trip rather than rush it in two," Bourke said.

With $367,300 alongside his name connections wisely reasoned that Rocky King deserves his chance in Melbourne sprints this spring.

"He'll start in a sprint over 1000m and worth $100,000 on Cox Plate Day, October 25 at Moonee Valley. Jockey Damian Browne will ride him and he can tell us where to go from there," Bourke said.

The trainer has marked in two $150,000 sprints at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week.

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