Suzie Rocks at Ascot Park

Suzie Rocks at Ascot Park

Bruce Stewart

25th March 2021

She’s always shown speed but Rocknroll Dance mare Suzie Rocks showed she had a bit of toughness today when she won her second race at the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting at Ascot Park.

Trainer Ray Faithful hasneeded to be patient with the four year old who qualified impressively by six lengths a year ago in a smart time of 2-43. 2.

Suzie Rocks warming up with Shane Walkinshaw at Ascot Park today

“She’s not easy work. She’s got a bit of fight in her. Ray has really worked hard to get her where she is,” said breeder Noddy Orr who shares ownership with his wife Jane, and Faithful.

Today was just Suzie Rocks  fifth start and driver Shane Walkinshaw who drives on a part time basis these days, settled her into the one one early as Wattlebank Star made the early pace from Tac Mac.

Tac Mac took over. Walkinshaw had designs on the lead but he had to battle hard to get there.

With 1600 metres to run Suzie Rocks was in front but Walkinshaw dropped the pace down by three gears and the chasing pack who were disrupted by a breaking Omaggio, quickly tacked on.

Turning in Suzie Rocks kicked clear by a length and a half and held out the trailing Tac Mac by a length and a quarter with Debutante Party a length and a quarter back in  third. The winning time was 2-43.0.

Suzie Rocks stretching out to beat Tac Mac

Winning salute

Winning connections

Suzie Rocks is out of the Live Or Die mare The Receptionist which won six races for Ascot Park trainer Murray Brown.  Suzie Rocks is her third foal.

In referring to the Receptionist Orr said “Her first foal (Baldale Girl) ran two thirds from three starts but had a breathing problem. We’ve bought a two year old filly down to Ray’s (Rock N Roll Heaven) and she also has a filly by Fear The Dragon.”

Faithful bred The Receptionist and had success with her full-brother Thomas Pike which won ten races here and in Australia.

Orr also has shares in the runner up, so he got $30.00 worth of the quinella.

Earlier in the day the well-bred With Grace won her maiden race. By Bettor’s Delight out of Beaudiene Bad Babe the three year old filly sat parked for most of the trip before overcoming a brave Beauty Barry.

With Grace and Korbyn Newman winning at Ascot Park today

Michael House won two races on the seven racecard with back to back wins – well-tried Zoned Scarlett and Johnny Mac both appreciated the drop in class.

Zoned Scarlett trots out her 2200 metres for win number seven

Johnny Mac makes it  two for Michael House and Sam Ottley