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Ballymore NZ trio fly 3 May to Brisbane

Group One winner On the Rocks (Alamosa) will contest the $100,000 Manco Easter Handicap (Gr. 2, 1600m) on 20 April at Ellerslie, before flying on 3 May to Brisbane.

Winner of the Avondale Guineas (Gr. 2, 2100m) as a three-year-old and Rich Hill Mile (Gr.2, 1600m) on New Year’s Day, the four-year-old grey entire, out of Volksraad mare Cold Shoulder, a half-sister to VRC Derby and Melbourne Cup winner Efficient (Zabeel), scored a commanding win in the weight-for-age Herbie Dyke Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) in February at Te Rapa.

The victory provided trainers Mike Moroney with his 50th Group One and Pam Gerard with her first.

Gerard said: “On the Rocks will have a run in the Easter before flying to Brisbane, in preparation for the Doomben Cup on 18 May and the Brisbane Cup on 8 June”.

[Weight-for-age $700,000 Doomben Cup (Gr. 1, 2000m) on Saturday 18 May at Doomben, and $400,000 Brisbane Cup (Gr. 2, 2400m) on Saturday 8 June at Eagle Farm]

Joining him on the flight, stable-mate Pinmedown (Pins) is preparing to contest the $200,000 The Roses (Gr. 2, 2000m) on Saturday 18 May at Doomben. A three-year-old filly from the family of dual Hong Kong Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon (Pins), Pinmedown won the Eight Carat Classic (Gr. 2, 1600m) on Boxing Day and followed up with a terrific victory in the McKee Family Sunline Vase (Gr. 3, 2100m), both at Ellerslie.

Also flying on 3 May, stable-mate She’s A Thief (Showcasing) contests the fillies & mares $125,000 Bright Shadow (Listed, 1200m) on Saturday 18 May at Doomben. A very consistent and talented three-year-old grey filly, she placed in the Eclipse Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m) and Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m), finishing fourth in the Karaka Million (Restricted Listed, 1200m), after winning her first two starts as a two-year-old. And this season followed a fourth in the Mongolian Khan Trophy (Gr. 3, 1200m) with an impressive win, and second in the Mufhasa Fasttrack Stakes (Listed, 1300m).

Relatively inexpensive, all three horses were selected by Paul Moroney and bought for $40,000, $28,000, and $30,000, respectively, at Karaka.  
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