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Rock 'N' Gold Wins Listed Kensington Stakes

Monday, 22nd January 2018

J: Chris Symons
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra
W: 54 kgs
S: Rock Of Gibraltar
D: Goldberg
J: Ben Allen
T: Patrick Payne
W: 54 kgs
S: Husson
D: Tie Me Up
J: P Gatt
T: M J Seyers
W: 54 kgs
S: I Am Invincible
D: Grand Canal
J: Damian Lane
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra
W: 61.5 kgs
S: Exceed And Excel
D: Razor Blade

At Flemington in Melbourne, 7-time Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Rock of Gibraltar (Danehill-Offshore Boom, by Be My Guest) added a black-type success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding Rock 'N' Gold (Rock of Gibraltar-Goldberg, by Geiger Counter) finally opened his stakes account when scoring a surprise win at odds of $17 in the $120,000 Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, defeating Husson Eagle & Itz Invincible. Rock 'N' Gold, who was a $12,000 purchase at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale before being subsequently sold to his trainers Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra for $55,000 at the 2012 NZB Ready To Run Sale, improved his record to 7 wins and 17 placings (including the Listed MRC Doveton Stakes) from 40 starts for $404,900 in earnings. Rock 'N' Gold, whose second dam is 1983 Gr1 VRC Oaks winner Taj Eclipse, is a half-brother to Queensland stakes winner Antidotes.

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