Four-year-old YORKSHIRE ROCK showed his liking for the 2000 metres journey when he recorded a strong win at Queanbeyan Race Club’s meeting held yesterday, Monday 11th February 2019. The race was the fourth event on the card the Moraschi Roofing Class 1 & Maiden Plate.
YORKSHIRE ROCK, a stoutly-bred New Zealander by Road To Rock, a dual Group 1 winning son of the infamous Encosta De Lago out of the unraced mare Canwekeepa (NZ) by Keeper, repaid his purchase price many times over when he chalked up win number two.
The track was in great order, rated a Good 3, with the rail true. Fine weather was the order of the day. The non-claiming apprentice jockey Quade Krogh was to ride with YORKSHIRE ROCK having to carry the equal top weight of 59kgs. The barrier draw had been favourable, with the pair jumping from gate two out of a possible thirteen.
Queanbeyan is basically a turning track until the 900 metres. From there a straight run of 300 metres before the runners encounter the gentle arc of the home bend, that then brings them into the straight run to the finish.
From the start, located in the home straight at Queanbeyan, Quade was able to take advantage of his barrier, jumping cleanly and by the time the field has passed the winning post for the first time had settled YORKSHIRE ROCK into a nice rhythm in a midfield position on the rail which is most beneficial.
Quade was content to allow his mount remain in a position where the horse was happy. Passing the 1000 metres marker, the field were strung out over many lengths due to Malako, trained by Gary Nickson clapping on the pace. YORKSHIRE ROCK at this stage was some nine lengths from the leader.
With around 800 metres still to go, the jockey began to make his move, hugging the fence the pair had picked up four lengths on the leading bunch and coming into the race strongly. Just prior to the home turn YORKSHIRE ROCK was in fourth position.
The rider eased his urgings a little allowing his horse to balance and comfortably negotiate the final bend. Once into the straight and about 250 metres from home, the duo were still three lengths off the leader, Mickey Jay, with Malako sticking to his guns in second.
YORKSHIRE ROCK appeared to get a second wind 150 metres out and had picked up the two horses in front of him in the space of 50 metres and began to pull away.
The winning margin on the line, a length and a quarter, the time taken to run the 2000 metres was 2:04.41. Congratulations to the owners, Ian and Scott (Trainer) Singleton, it was great to see father and son combo notch up the victory. Well Done and sincere appreciations to the jockey Quade Krogh for his thinking man’s ride.
Finally to the team at Singleton Racing for their part in getting YORKSHIRE ROCK into the winners’ stall once more.