Rockin' in the New Year

Jan 02, 2015

Black type racing looms for the exciting filly Pride Rock who was so impressive racing away to an easy victory at Flemington on New Year’s Day – the stable’s first winner for 2015.

Whilst Robbie Griffiths is yet to decide whether the well related daughter of Fastnet Rock races on this campaign or has a break, he is confident that the best is still to come for the three-year-old.

“She will get to stakes racing,” he said, “it is just a question of when.”

Always travelling nicely behind the leaders for Craig Williams, Pride Rock was a little green at her first run down the straight but she was keen to take inside runs and after drifting back to the rails she took a clear lead with 250m to go.

And away she went, maintaining a good lead right to the line to win by 1¼ lengths with plenty in hand.

At one stage Pride Rock was heading to the paddock but thriving in her work, she raced on after a Sandown placing in early December.

“She trained on so well from that run that we elected to have a crack at this race,” Robbie explained.

“I am really happy for Craig & Kathleen Pearce,” he said – “they have been great supporters of our’s and they put a lot of money into racing – and they have got themselves a very good filly.”

Missing their Flemington double (also part-owners of The Quarterback), The Pearces are enjoying a summer holiday at Bonnie Doon from where they have cheered on previous winners –“ I think it is their lucky spot!” Robbie joked.

A $250,000 Easter Yearling Sale graduate, Pride Rock has plenty of residual value as a broodmare. A full sister to the Group One Goodwood Handicap winner Lone Rock, she hails from the family of the high class gallopers Laisserfaire, Procrastinate, Centennial Park, Galapagos Girl, A Time For Julia, Time Thief, Foreplay, Ballack, Personify, Kampaign and the successful stallion Centaine.