FOUR runners from the stable chalked up wins at Sunday’s Clairwood meeting, showing much potential with impressive displays of talent.
Most ‘all-on’ punters would have relied on Rock Cocktail to win Race 1 over 1450m and his counterpart Cannon to bag Race 2 over the same distance and the pair delivered what was expected.
Rasheed (Race 5) and Festival Of Fire (Race 6), completed the four-timer.
Antony Delpech, in fine form.
Rock Cocktail (3-10), slow out, had to be pushed along to get in touch before the field reached the home bend. He found his stride approaching the 400m mark and took some time to wear down the leader, Carry On Captain, but in the end won easing down.
Jockey Anthony Delpech commented: “He was very dumb around the bend and didn’t know what to do, but he’s a smart horse and he will improve a lot.”
Rock Cocktail, a colt by Rock Of Gibraltar from Brandy Cocktail, is owned by Bernard Kantor and Larry Nestadt.
Kantor, Nestadt, Mark Currie, Mike de Kock and Philip Georgas own Silvano’s son Cannon, who cruised in by seven lengths at odds of 5-10. Delpech, who steered Cannon home, said: “This one is more forward than Rock Cocktail. We’re going to have a lot of fun with him.”
Rasheed (22-10), green on his 1200m debut, ran on powerfully to win Race 5 over 1800m. The son of 2007 Arc d’Triomphe winner Dylan Thomas had shown good work on sand in home gallops and Delpech said: “He was looking for the trip and won very well.”
Three-year-old filly Festival Of Fire, by Kahal, followed up on her debut win with a commanding success in Race 6, a MR68 Handicap for apprentice jockeys over 1200m. She was partnered by Keegan De Melo, who said: “When the nominations came out I phoned for the ride immediately and thanks to Anthony Delpech for instructions (on how to ride her). I covered her after the start and when I pulled her out she ran to the line.”
Chris Saunders, who races Festival of Fire with Lady O’Reilly, commented: “I think she will go well over a mile. She’s a little bit above average.”