Marconi suffers first defeat
First starter We’re Gonna Rock lowered the boom on the previously unbeaten Marconi but it didn’t surprise trainer Mark Kavanagh who believes the Fastnet Rock colt could be a Guineas horse in the autumn.
A $180,000 Easter Yearling Sale purchase in Sydney, We’re Gonna Rock had been patiently brought along by the Melbourne Cup-winning trainer who decided his debut outing would be in Saturday’s Fiesta Star Hcp (1000m) at Flemington.
Bookmakers kept We’re Gonna Rock safe as $3 second pick in betting with Marconi a drifting favourite from $1.60 to start at $1.85.
Just as Marconi managed to stave off the challenge of topweight Winter King, We’re Gonna Rock, with Michael Rodd in the saddle, stormed home after giving away a seven-length start to score by 1-1/4 lengths from Marconi with Winter King ($7.50) the same margin away third.
The winner was timed to run his last 600m in a brilliant 31.82 seconds into a headwind.
"He’s not a bad horse this horse," Kavanagh said.
"The straight was questionable at his first start and Marconi is a really smart horse.
Out of the Dehere mare Harrow, a Moe 2075m maiden winner, We’re Gone Rock is from the same family as Group One winners Bluebird The Word and Porto Roca .
"He’ll get a mile (1600m), maybe 2000 metres. He’s quite well bred and a little bit stout on the dam’s side so we’ll wait wait and see," the Flemington trainer said.
"I’ll train him on, I might give him one more and then ease him up. He might be a Guineas horse in the autumn."
We’re Gonna Rock had had jumpouts but had never won one and Kavanagh scratched him from a metropolitan-class race at Bendigo on a slow track last July which Tan Tat Brav won by seven lengths.
Rodd was impressed with We’re Gonna Rock.
"He’s a big, strong horse. I remember the first day he was back in work I cantered him around by himself and I thought to myself there was something special about him," the top jockey said.
"He’s got a massive engine."
By Mark Ryan