Mark Kavanagh-trained gelding We’re Gonna Rock signalled his potential for bigger sprints this year when winning the Group 3 2012 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington.
The six-year-old, who was previously seen running second to Black Caviar in the Goodwood in May, hit the line strongly to win by a long neck ahead of Spirit Of Boom and Title.
After showing promise as a youngster, the son of Fastnet Rock had to be gelded following a disappointing one-start autumn campaign last year and he has responded impressively.
Kavanagh attributed the gelding operation to his successful autumn campaign and hinted he could feature in some the Group 1 sprints this spring.
“He was just a massive horse and he was just too big for his knees and joints,” Kavanagh said.
“There is a lot of improvement in him today and there isn’t a Black Caviar this spring.”
Jockey Michael Rodd also said the gelding operation had greatly improved the six-year-old who has now won five of 15 starts.
“He’s a lot lighter on his feet, since they cut him he’s lost a lot of weight. He’s light all over so he’s feeling a lot better,” Rodd said.
“We know he’s got class and it’s just good to see him win a race.
“He ran second to Black Caviar and he’s shown that he is good at running a place but it’s just good to get him out there today in a quality field and win like that.”
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Bobbie Lewis Quality 2012 – Results
|1||3||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||–||9||57kg||$6.50EF|
|2||7||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Michael Walker||0.1L||18||56kg||$13|
|3||2||TITLE||Joseph Pride||Dwayne Dunn||1.35L||19||57.5kg||$15|
|4||15||VEEWAP||Tony Vasil||Dean Yendall||1.75L||2||54kg||$51|
|5||9||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Craig Williams||3.25L||15||54.5kg||$10|
|6||18||ONE LAST DANCE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3.35L||14||54kg||$14|
|7||19||LIVIGNO||Shane Fliedner||Chris Symons||3.45L||17||54kg||$41|
|8||6||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Anthony Freedman||Steven Arnold||3.85L||13||56kg||$13|
|9||17||INSTINCTION||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||5.6L||7||54kg||$21|
|10||4||AHDASHIM (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Damien Oliver||6.35L||5||56kg||$26|
|11||12||BLACKIE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||6.45L||1||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$21|
|12||13||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||6.55L||11||54kg||$21|
|13||1||MOSHEEN||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||6.85L||10||59kg||$7|
|14||10||FREERETURN||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||6.95L||4||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$18|
|15||14||ROCKING FORCE||Mandy Shillito||Craig Robertson||7.7L||6||54kg||$51|
|16||8||SHANGHAI WARRIOR||Pat Hyland||Glen Boss||8.45L||3||55kg||$6.50EF|
|17||16||ALL FRIARED UP||Patrick Payne||Matthew Neilson||10.45L||12||54kg||$91|
|18||11||ANABANDANA||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||13.2L||8||54kg||$20|
|19||5||SCINTILLO (GB)||Robbie Griffiths||Steven King||13.7L||16||56kg||$301|