Roadrager Roars Home
Jul 30, 2018
He had been good on the synthetic but Roadrager was even better on the turf - at Bairnsdale on Sunday the three-year-old so impressive breaking his maiden in the opening event over 1200m.
Doing a nice job dropping back from 1400m, the son of Street Boss (pictured) drifted back from a wide gate, Brian Park choosing to ride him for luck - saving ground turning instead of hooking out wide.
It proved to be a winning move, Roadrager showing plenty of determination weaving his way through the field - not having a great deal of room at the 200m as the leader, looking to have the race in his keeping, kicked clear.
But Roadrager really knuckled down late, showing a good turn of foot as he charged to the line.
"It was a great ride," Robbie Griffiths said, happy to see Roadrager - who has always had a good opinion of - break through in such smart fashion.
"He had been racing well but we were unsure just how well he was handling the synthetic surface."
"On the turf today he got the job done and showed us the talent he has."
A home-bred for long time clients and friends Peter Ford (who has helped us in the purchase with many of our best horses) and Dean Hanan, Roadrager is the first foal produced by the placed Dehere mare Chalk Ridge.
A granddaughter of the UK stakes winner Zante from the prolific Best In Show family, Chalk Ridge was served last spring by Cable Bay.
Ford has been involved with the family for a couple of generations, purchasing Chalk Ridge's dam Corporate for a client. He is looking forward to seeing how Roadrager, a horse he describes as "a big dumb raw fella" improves as he learns to race.
"He won without really looking like he was trying," he laughed, "he was just sort of floating but the blinkers did seem to help him."