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El Roca To Kick Off In Bobbie Lewis
Talented 4YO El Roca (Fastnet Rock-Rubimill, by Rubiton) will open his spring campaign in the Gr3 Bobbie Lewis Quality Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on 13 September, reports NZ Racing Desk. "We thought about the Memsie but that's a tough one first-up and he's got a long spring ahead of him," co-trainer Trent Busuttin said. "He'll be trialling this Friday and kick off in the Bobbie Lewis and on to the Rupert Clarke. We'll look at the options after that, whether he goes up in distance or not." The Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) will be run at Caulfield on 28 September. El Roca had the early part of his preparation interrupted by an elevated temperature which prevented him running in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes earlier this month.