Rockpecker has relished the wet ground at Flemington Racecourse today when winning the 2012 Listed VIC TAB $2m Quaddie.
The eight-year-old gelding came from the middle of the field to win the race by half a length ahead of Playwright, who finished second, and Happy Trails, who ran home for third.
Rockpecker was purchase for just $1,250 from the weanling sales and has now gone on to win more than $600,000 in prize money.
The Made Of Gold gelding has now won nine of his 57 career starts.
Trainer Ken Fife was overjoyed with today’s result, which saw Rockpecker back in the winner’s circle for the first time in 14 months.
Fife said he expects the gelding, who is based at Stony Creek, to continue his racing career well into the future.
“He’s been a terrific horse, he always puts in,” Fife said.
“He’s not over raced and we look after him really good.
“He’s got a terrific nature and he’s pretty happy down there.”
The trainer has his family to thank for the success he has experienced with Rockpecker.
“My sister and her granddaughter came to a weanling sale with me,” he said.
“They liked the horse and we bought it for about 1250 (dollars).”
Jockey Craig Williams produced the winning ride aboard Rockpecker in today’s VIC TAB $2 million Quaddie.
“I’ve ridden this horse for three seasons and had a lot of success with him,” Williams said.
“He was very authoritarian towards the line and his win was very dominant.”
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2012 VIC TAB $2m Quaddie Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||15||ROCKPECKER||Ken Fythe||Craig Williams||–||7||54kg||$12|
|2||10||PLAYWRIGHT (NZ)||Steve Richards||Matt Pumpa||0.5L||5||55.5kg||$61|
|3||14||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Damien Oliver||0.6L||11||54kg||$8.50|
|4||17e||FOLDING GEAR (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||Ben Melham||0.7L||8||54kg||$31|
|5||6||TESTASCANA||Peter G Moody||Michael Walker||1.95L||16||57kg||$9|
|6||3||DAO DAO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||4.2L||4||57.5kg||$12|
|7||16||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||Dean Yendall||4.3L||1||54kg||$31|
|8||12||SHADOWFAX (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||4.8L||14||55kg||$7|
|9||11||NEW DAY RISING||Gary Portelli||Mark Zahra||4.9L||12||55kg||$20|
|10||4||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5L||13||57.5kg||$5F|
|11||2||RED COLOSSUS||Greg Eurell||Kerrin McEvoy||6.25L||6||58.5kg||$6.50|
|12||1||FIUMICINO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brad Rawiller||6.75L||9||60kg||$151|
|13||5||SOUND JOURNEY||Darren Magro||Danny Nikolic||6.95L||3||57kg||$61|
|14||9||DANZYLUM||Robbie Griffiths||Luke Currie||8.7L||2||55.5kg||$21|
|15||8||SYREON||Matthew Williams||Steven Arnold||12.45L||10||56kg||$41|
|16||13||TIAKINUI (NZ)||Matthew Enright||James Winks||12.95L||15||54.5kg||$26|