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Irish Import Rocks Sandown

Thursday, 19th January 2017

Team Williams look to have a potential Cups horse for the spring judging by the powerful win of Irish import Crocodile Rock at Sandown yesterday. Formerly trained by Aidan O'Brien, the 5YO Irish-bred gelding proved a class above his rivals when cruising up to the leaders under a tight hold in the straight before being eased down significantly over the final 50 metres to post a cosy length win in a benchmark 70 race over 2400 metres. Crocodile Rock is now unbeaten in his two Australian starts and boasts 3 wins from 5 starts overall. Jockey Ben Melham said the former Ballydoyle galloper gave him the feel of a class racehorse and predicted a bright future. "He gave me the feel of a very nice horse," Melham told Racing.com. "The race set up nice for him and he relaxed beautifully. Lloyd [owner Lloyd Williams] assured me the horse was fit and that he had a lot of class. He had a big weight [61kg] and there are bigger races in store for him so I didn't want to give him a gut-buster...He will win better races for sure." By Galileo out of the stakes-placed Danehill Dancer mare Aleagueoftheirown, Crocodile Rock is a full brother to smart Coolmore filly Alice Springs. Placed in the Gr1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf as a 2YO, Alice Springs came of age as a 3YO last season when claiming three Gr1 wins in the Falmouth Stakes, Matron Stakes & Sun Chariot Stakes.

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