Road To Rock Claims Victory in 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

April 27th, 2010

On Saturday last start Doncaster Mile runner-up Road To Rock became a dual Group 1 winner when he won the $350,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

Prepared by master mentor Anthony Cummings, Road To Rock went onto the field as the hot $3.30 favourite following Friday’s scratching of Rangirangdoo.

The 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes was to be a rematch between the top two Doncaster Mile performers, but the scratching made it a one horse race with Road To Rock’s comprehensive win.

After sitting back early on, Road To Rock charged to the front halfway down the home straight and held on to defeat the Chris Waller-trained Triple Honour ($12) by a widening two lengths.

AJC third placegetter Monaco Consul made it back-to-back Group 1 third place finishes, crossing the line another three-quarters of a length away from Triple Honour.

Road To Rock, a son of Encosta De Lago, was again ridden by the experienced and skilful Damien Oliver. Oliver has now started a three week suspension from riding after he was found to have weighed in a kilo overweight when he rode Road To Rock to a narrow defeat in the Doncaster Mile.

Oliver will, however, be back in the saddle by May 16 when five-year-old Road To Rock seeks glory overseas in the $3 million Singapore International Airlines Cup (2000m).

In six wins from 34 starts, Road To Rock has now secured over $1.15 million in prizemoney.

Saturday at Randwick was the final meeting of the coveted Sydney autumn carnival and other highlight events included the $400, 000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) won by Jessicabeel, now looking at a run in the 2010 Melbourne Cup.

Results of the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes:

Position

Horse

Trainer

Rider

1
ROAD TO ROCK
Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver
2
TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)
Chris Waller Hugh Bowman
3
MONACO CONSUL (NZ)
Michael Moroney Jay Ford
4
VOSNE ROMANEE (NZ)
Jeff Lynds Opie Bosson
5
VISION AND POWER (NZ)
Joseph Pride Michael Rodd
6
PALACIO DE CRISTAL
Grahame Begg Peter Wells
7
DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB)
Lee Freedman Kerrin McEvoy
8
MISS MARIELLE
Joseph Pride Craig Williams
Scratched:
RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)