Lone Rock rocks the bookies in the Goodwood

1The Robert Smerdon-trained Lone Rock has produced a scintillating finish to land some big bets in the Group I Goodwood Handicap at Morphetville on Sunday.

Last Friday in Racenet’s “Weekend specials – Tips from the big bookies”, Both and Betstar identified Lone Rock as their best back runner, in from odds as high as $67.

Sent out a $31 chance, Lone Rock was positioned back in a midfield spot before the urgings of Clare Lindop saw the three-year-old filly forge her way to the outside and set sail after the leaders.

Favourite Crystal Lily looked likely to score when she hit the front 200m out but she was unable to hold off Lone Rock’s finishing burst and had to settle for yet another Group I second, her third in the last four starts.

The ultra-consistent Pinwheel got up for third making it 18 placings from 21 starts.

The Mark Kavanagh-trained Valentine Miss finished fourth, which followed on from the stables fourth placing 40 minutes earlier in the SA Derby with Kittens.

Lone Rock, a daughter of Fastnet Rock has now won three of her 12 starts and her career earnings are just shy of $400,000.