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El Roca Batting at 100% With His 3YO’s

9 August

The evidence suggested that El Roca’s progeny would excel when they turned three, but you never know what is around the corner in the thoroughbred business. Thankfully the evidence is proving to be correct in this case with the son of Fastnet Rock now batting with a 100% winners/starters in the first week of the new season.

The Team Rogerson trained Roc Cha provided the Group 1 performing stallion with his first 3YO win when she was too quick for her rivals at Te Rapa last Saturday and capped off some consistent efforts at her previous three starts. Roc Cha is out of Cullen (by Danehill) mare Cullcha and looks to be a genuine spring hope in the 3YO fillies races over the next six weeks.

Bjorn Baker produced a smart El Roca gelding in the form of Courageous at Kembla Grange on Thursday in what appeared a very strong race on paper and provided El Roca with his second winner of the week from just two runners. Drawing awkwardly the good looking chestnut was taken back in the field by Jay Ford and settled at the rear over the 1000m until straightening, upon where he unleashed a strong finish to out-bob the Peter & Paul Snowden trained pair of Leo (I Am Invincible) and Ranges (Shooting to Win) in a tight finish. Bred locally by Cliff and Janice Matson, Courageous is out of the Captain Rio mare Bead of Courage and comes from the family of the high class Group 1 winner Silent Achiever.

Courageous was a $50,000 yearling purchase from the Karaka Select Sale for Hubie de Burgh and Darby Racing.

Courageous became the fourth individual winner for El Roca after Bella Mente, First Rock, and Roc Cha while Bella Mente was Group 1 placed in the Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes and his son Moeraki Group 3 placed before being sold to Hong Kong.