Rock Diva Set to Back Up in Derby

June 4, 2014

Rock Diva Set to Back Up in Derby

Trainer Tony Pike has revealed he is close to confirming a start for Rock Diva in this weekend’s Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) after the talented filly produced a keen turn of foot to run on for fourth in last weekend’s featured Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m).

Rock Diva will be facing the likes of Vilanova (pictured) in the 2014 Queensland Derby

Rock Diva will be facing the likes of Vilanova (pictured) in the 2014 Queensland Derby. Photo: Daniel Costello

A standout performer in her native New Zealand over her maiden racing preparation this year, Rock Diva has claimed two wins and three minor places from just seven competitive starts and has more than stamped her claims for a return to Australian shores having impressed over just two appearances this time in.

Overcoming the awkward and wide barrier in the Queensland Oaks, Pike said that while asking a lot of the Lucky Unicorn filly, he is confident she is in the right form for anything impressive tilt in arguably her biggest test to date this weekend.

“She seems to have pulled up pretty well. Obviously it’s a big ask backing a filly up a week later against the boys but there’s not much left for her now and there’s not much left for her at home in the spring as a four-year-old mare,” Pike told AAP.

“So long as I’m happy with her in the morning we’ll back her up in the Derby and then she’ll head home for a nice, long spell.

“I’ll make the decision in the morning,” Pike added on Tuesday evening.

Unlucky to finish second in the Industry Security Specialists Maiden (1400m) on debut on January 3rd, Rock Diva charged from the rear of the pack to salvage third amongst classy competition in the Clean Services Maiden (1600m) before claiming back-to-back victories over 2100 metres, including the Group 3 Sunline Vase (2100m).

Continuing to build in form and class when third in the major Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) on March 15th, the filly out of Bohemian Blues placed sixth in the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) in her first appearance across the ditch on May 17th.

The final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Queensland Derby is due to be released on Wednesday morning.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best odds on all Eagle Farm races this weekend, including the Queensland Derby!

Sign up for the all-new Ladbrokes Card to make any ATM a Ladbrokes payout machine just seconds after your pick has passed the post!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Caloundra Cup Day Abandon...

America’s Breeders’...

America’s Breeders’ Cup Calls WJ Healy 2021 Winner Away Game

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Away Game was back in winning...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Tofane and Williams Win Again

The decision by star hoop Craig Williams to remain in Queensland aboard the...

Incentivise New Melbourne Cup ...

Incentivise New Melbourne Cup Favourite After 12 Length Tatt’s Cup Win

In his last run for trainer Steve Tregea, outstanding stayer Incentivise shot...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara Day: Eagle Farm Scratchings & Track Report

The action of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and Group 1 racing for the...

Race Results

America’s Breeders’ Cup Calls WJ Healy 2021 Winner Away Game

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Tofane and Williams Win Again

Incentivise New Melbourne Cup Favourite After 12 Length Tatt’s Cup Win

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Tofane Upsets Vega One, Signore Fox Third

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

Race Previews

Sunday’s Updated 2021 Winx Guineas Field & Odds

Stockman Odds-On In Updated 2021 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting

Grafton Cup 2021 Field & Betting: Punters After Purrfect Deal

2021 Ramornie Handicap Field & Odds: Gold Coast’s Phobetor Favourite

2021 Caloundra Cup Day Rescheduled: Winx Guineas Run This Sunday

Fields & Form

Sunday’s Updated 2021 Winx Guineas Field & Odds

Stockman Odds-On In Updated 2021 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting

Grafton Cup 2021 Field & Betting: Punters After Purrfect Deal

2021 Ramornie Handicap Field & Odds: Gold Coast’s Phobetor Favourite

Punters Take Stock in Caloundra Cup 2021 Field & Odds