THE Rock Stud has raised a number of above average individuals including recent Listed Model Man Mile winner Fools Gold and last season’s Gr3 Langerman victor, Snow Report.
Spencer Cook of The Rock said he will be starting 2020 on a high: “There is a massive year ahead and I can’t wait to take it on. We have four terrific yearling colts going to the Cape Premier Yearling Sale on 16 January. I hand-picked them for this sale from a group of 25, they look the part.”
The Rock’s Lot 72 is a What A Winter colt from a rare Badger Land damline and Cook said: “Buyers will be surprised at how this one is stamped with Badger Land’s looks. He’s a lovely individual, a big horse, exceptionally well-boned with good hocks.”
Lot 111 is a Pathfork colt from a mare by champion broodmare sire Fort Wood, named Keep It Secret. “He looks like a Guineas type to me, a sprinter-miler who is neat and well-balanced. He’s a standout lot, an example of what a good Pathfork should look like,” Cook assessed.
The Rock’s boss described Lot 211 as a “bull of a horse,” a “typical Oratorio from the family of stakes winning top-level performer, Dark Moon Rising.” This one is from the grey mare Full Moon Rising (Second Empire) and he is a “strawberry roan”.
Lastly there is Lot 220, by Flower Alley from a mare by VAR. “This is as nice a Flower Alley as you will ever see through an auction ring. He has an ‘apple bum’, beautiful hindquarters. He is balanced and well-proportioned and he look racy. Flower Alleys tend to need time, I think this one won’t stand in his barn too long, he’s outstanding,” said Cook.
Photo: Lot 211, Oratorio colt.