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Kiwi Colt Rocks On Debut

Thursday, 12th September 2013

The Jason Bridgman-trained 3YO colt King's Rock, a three-quarter brother to Gr1 winning New Zealand mare King's Rose, made a winning debut at Te Rapa yesterday. Despite showing signs of greenness, King's Rock finished strongly from midfield to score narrowly by 0.2-length over 4YO gelding Manny in the Tom & Don's Tribute To Dunstan Dave Maiden Plate (1400m). The valuable future stud prospect was bred by Sir Patrick Hogan's Cambridge Stud and sold to David Ellis's Te Akau Racing for a sale-topping NZ$1.75 million at the 2012 NZB Premier Yearling Sale. "It was a really encouraging performance," Bridgman told NZ Racing Desk. "I was a little bit worried how far back he was, as in his trials which were over a shorter trip, he hadn't really quickened a lot. I thought it was a really good effort to knuckle down like he did." He added, "He's very progressive and you wouldn't be surprised if he comes out and improves a good few lengths from today." All going well, connections have revealed they have the Gr1 NZ 2,000 Guineas (1600m) in the back of their minds as King's Rock's ultimate spring goal.

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